Near-Total Ban On Silicone Breast Implants Could End
By Hailie Brook
A 13-year, near-total ban on silicone breast implants may soon come to an end. The Food and Drug Administration will hear testimony next month - including that of a local woman fighting to keep the implants off limits. Pam Dowd and her daughter, Brenna, are gearing up a long haul, moving their things into what will become their home away from home for the next month. "We're heading to Washington D.C to speak before the F.D.A.panel," said Pam. That panel will decide whether silicon-gel breast implants can be approved for general use - implants Dowd claims poisoned her body and ruined her health. "I had three ruptured silicon implants and my last ones were the new and improved ones," said Pam.Her daughter will also testify before the panel, telling of the struggles she says her mother has dealt with due to her implants. "It breaks my heart because she could have been a healthy woman but she's not because of breast implants," Brenna told Local 2 News.Currently silicon implants can only be used under certain circumstances. "People who qualify are those who have had implants before or are undergoing reconstruction or have had breast asymmetries," said Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jonathan Kramer. But Dowd says her own experience is proof positive of the dangers they pose and she says under no circumstance should the implants be available to anyone. "It is my belief that there is no such thing as a safe breast implant," said Dowd. Doctor Kramer respectfully disagrees. He says there have been more than 100 studies done on the effects of silicon implants in the body. "The bottom line is that there was no cause and effect relationship between either the presence of a gel implant or a ruptured implant causing what they were alleged to cause in the early 90's such as auto-immune diseases." But both Doctor Kramer and Dowd agree its only a matter of time before the implants will be back on the market again - but for very different reasons. "I think there are advantages to silicon implants and people shouldn't be denied that option.""I think they will keep coming back because it's money in the bank," said Dowd.
Dowd says she may have an uphill battle - but she's in it for the long haul - fighting against something she believes can mean life or death