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5,000 Swedish women bear banned fake boobs

The Local · 1 Oct 2010, 08:04

Published: 01 Oct 2010 08:04 GMT+02:00

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The silicone breast implants, manufactured by France-based Poly Implant Prothèse, were banned from the Swedish market in March 2010 after French authorities discovered the gel used in the implants differed from the gel described in the implants’ technical specifications.

Further analysis revealed that the silicone gel used in the implants doesn’t meet the minimum standards for use in breast implants, according to Läkemedelsverket.

In addition, the gel can affect surrounding tissue if the implants crack or if the gel seeps through the implants’ membrane.

“The safety of the implants doesn’t meet the demands we have today,” said Gert Bruse of the agency’s medical technology division, in a statement.

Despite the warning, Swedish reality television star and model Marie Plösjö, 34, isn’t concerned about her implants which were first installed when she was 23.

“I’m not worried,” she told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“I’m more worried about the never-ending set of procedures I have to subject my body to since I have to keep switching them out.”

French authorities have recommended that women carrying the Poly Implant Prothèse implants to contact a surgical clinic to discuss next steps. In addition, women with the implants are urged to undergo clinical evaluations, including an ultrasound examination, every six months.

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Since 2001, an estimated 35,000 to 40,000 women around the world have been outfitted with the Poly Implant Prothèse implants.

While Läkemedelsverket currently estimate that around 5,000 women in Sweden may have the French implants, it cautions that exact figures are hard to come by because both the manufacturer and distributor of the implants have filed for bankruptcy.

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Your comments about this article

08:49 October 1, 2010 by TJSmith
LOL...not sure if this was to be a typo or just The Local being funny, but the word is "bare"...not bear.
09:05 October 1, 2010 by msaliassweden
@TJSmith: Actually the wording is correct. It would only be "bare" if they were showing them. In their support of their breasts it would be "bear" Thus "the right to bear arms", if they were exposing their arms, it would be "bare arms" lol
10:10 October 1, 2010 by byke
Any women concerned should PM me with a picture of yourself, and I will offer a free examination if you qualify.
12:12 October 1, 2010 by RememberAisha
DAmn byke!

Beat me to it!
12:17 October 1, 2010 by TJSmith
@msaliassweden: I stand corrected, thank you. But, you must admit, it looks peculiar used in that sentence!
14:28 October 1, 2010 by gplusa
Don't know quite where you got that one from. "bare" is a adjective, as you demonstrated, but it's also a verb meaning to "uncover" or "expose". I think the first poster was quite correct, and the incorect term has been used in the article. "bear" as a verb means to "carry", as in your example.
15:12 October 1, 2010 by StockholmSam
The verb "bear" means "to hold or carry" which can be used colloquially to mean "to have" so the Local got this one right. The verb "bare" means "to reveal" which, in light of the topic, might have garnered more readership. It is, in fact, the reason I read the article...hoping of course that the Local had used the word incorrectly, but alas...
15:45 October 1, 2010 by Swedesmith
I would rather see bare boobs than bear boobs.
17:10 October 1, 2010 by Uncle
I would not mind bearing them for a while (given that they are bare).
21:16 October 1, 2010 by ngecenk
bears? is that what in today? hmm.. sounds kinky ! lol
22:57 October 1, 2010 by wxman
A substandard product provided by the French, who knew? Still, I don't think women should seek out such enhancement surgeries. Some are bigger and some are smaller, but no matter what size, most women look fine the way they were designed.
02:35 October 2, 2010 by hoosierdaddy22304
Since they don't know how many are affected by this, I offer my services as an inspector, if someone pays my airfare to Sweden.
06:58 October 2, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
Im not a gynecologist, but I'll take a look.
14:44 October 2, 2010 by Icarusty
It's all gone tits up!
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