Breast implant saves woman's life
October 28, 2011
For one Russian woman, breast augmentation surgery turned out to do much more than simply enhance her appearance - it saved her life.
According to ABC News, the 40-year-old Moscow woman was stabbed in her left breast during a fight with her husband. However, instead of the knife reaching her heart, it got lodged in her breast implant.
Ironically, the unidentified victim received the breast implant surgery as a gift from her husband five years ago.
Breast implant surgery is one of the most common cosmetic plastic surgery procedures in the U.S. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 318,123 individuals had the procedure in 2010.
Although the implant did not lose shape or leak, the victim has already had the stabbed silicone breast implant replaced with a new one.
Experts say that silicone breast implants are meant to stand up to some force. They can suffer some trauma without breaking, a New York University plastic surgery professor told ABC news. However, leaking implants should be replaced to avoid problems including breast tenderness and nodules.
"It's not emergent; not life threatening," the expert told the news source. "But you would definitely want to have it replaced in a timely fashion."
Plastic surgeons recommend that women get their implants checked once a year, regardless if there has been any trauma or attack.
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