Beauty enhancing implants may do the trick in the short
term, but they do have considerable side effects in the long term, a new study
The study led by Jaume Alijotas-Reig, of Vall d'Hebron
University, Barcelona found that safety of implant gels was no longer a assured
event and people were likely to develop severe immune reactions to these
supposedly biocompatible gels.
The study involved 25 patients; all of whom went on to
develop severe side effects like swelling, hardening of skin, fever, arthritis
and dryness of mouth over 12 months after they received the implants.
"Considering the increased use of polyalkylimide
implants... physicians should be aware that intermediate or delayed adverse effects
can occur," the researchers concluded.
The details are
published in the latest issue of the journal Archives of Dermatology.