Crazy Innovations with Breast Implants: Are they Real or Fake?

Samantha Johnson

by Samantha Johnson | August 16, 2012 @ 08:00AM

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The human breast is no doubt an amazing device, and many are tempted to make them even more amazing by enhancing them through breast augmentation.  But is the size all that matters? It's our prediction that someday, women will be motivated by more reasons than vanity alone to get implants. Check out the latest innovations and see if you can guess which ones are fake and which are the real deal. (Answers are below.) 

Microchipped breast implants

Microchipped breast implants?What if you were kidnapped one day, stripped of your identity and forced to become another person? What if your significant other could literally track your every move?  Well, we are one step closer to that with microchipped breast implants.  Uh... sort of.  

An FDA-approved microchip manufactured by VeriTeQ may someday be inserted into breast implants and other medical devices, but not to track the patients themselves.  As a result of the PIP implant scare, the European Union is contemplating a manufacturer requirement to embed microchips in breast implants in order to trace the devices themselves. 

Scott Silverman, the chairman and CEO of VeriTeQ, said that the current system for identifying surgically implanted medical devices is archaic and flawed. "Once a device is in a person's body, there is no way to know for certain which company manufactured the device or what the specific device is," Silverman said.

Embedding the "VeriChip" within a medical device before inserting it would enable a doctor to scan the area of the patient's body where the device is implanted and receive immediate and accurate information about the device and its manufacturer. The VeriChip has been cleared for sale by the FDA since 2004.

Breast implants that turn your pee orange

Breast implants that turn your pee orange?Haven't you heard? Orange is the new pink.  Er, yellow. 

Although implant technology has come a long way with decreasing the implant rupture rate, researchers are still looking for ways to easily detect breast implant rupture.  Rupture can be detected by an MRI or a physical at the doctor's office, but if the patient herself could know immediately if an implant has ruptured, it could save on further pain, discomfort and possible infection.  

The new technology by TONABA HealthScience, LLC, enables the implant to release a certain chemical when it is ruptured, which will be excreted through the kidneys and dramatically change the color of the urine to a bright reddish-orange. The founders believe that this rupture indicator concept could eliminate the need for periodic MRI screenings and that an MRI would only be required should a woman see a color change in her urine.

Breast implants used as a time capsule

Breast implants used as a time capsule?It is recommended that a patient undergoes regular MRIs to check up on their breast implants, and that every 10 or so years, they should be replaced.  With no temptation to dig anything out early, why not store a keepsake inside?  

Creative minds at the American Memory Research Center in Louiville, Ky., have evaluated the importance of remembering the past by creating a sealable case that can be inserted into breast implants no less than 600 cc's.  The cases can fit items such as a few 3 x 5 pictures, some cash or a small token.  The cases come with a sheet of paper that asks questions like the current price of gas, who is President and what your all-time favorite movie is.  Patients are encouraged to keep this in one of their "time capsule" implants, and ten years down the road, they can remember what life was like.  Studies show that remembering your past can have a significant impact on the self-esteem, especially when the patient can see how far they've come in the last ten years.  

Breast implants that fight cancer

Cancer-fighting breast implants?Last year, 96,277 breast reconstruction procedures were performed according to the American Society for Plastic Surgeons. Sometimes this involves a breast lift along with an augmentation.  Judit E. Puskas, Ph.D., and her team at the University of Akron won $100,000 from the GE Healthymagination Cancer Challenge to further develop their unique idea for an implant that would help fight infection, reduce inflammation and possibly detect and destroy cancer cells. The embedded medication within these implants will not only dramatically improve the process for breast cancer treatments, it will also be great news for women who have a family history of breast cancer and want to take extra precautions in order to prevent it.


What do you think?  Are these stories real or fake? 

  •  Microchipped breast imlants - Real 
  •  Implants that turn your pee orange – Real 
  •  Implants used as a time capsule – Fake
  •  Implants that fight cancer – Real 

 With all these great findings, we can't wait to see what they come up with next!  


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