Heavy Metals and Chemicals 

Here you may find a list of the heavy metals used in the manufacturing process for each of the current FDA approved breast implants: Allergan (saline & silicone), Mentor (saline & silicone), Ideal (saline), Sientra (silicone). The lists are directly from each manufacturer and specific implant’s FDA Summary of Safety and Effectiveness Data (SSED), links will be included. You can show the list of heavy metals for your specific implant to whomever is doing your analysis so each metal can be tested for. Scroll further for analyses of the chemicals in the PIP and Dow silicone breast implants.

Effects of Heavy Metal Exposure:

Heavy metals are neurotoxic. The brain and central nervous system are particularly vulnerable. Negative health effects include: they get deposited in fatty tissues and bones, displace minerals and disrupt metabolic functions, support the development of fungal, bacterial, and viral infections (particularly fungal), upset digestion, alter endocrine and gland activity, and damage organs such as the liver and kidneys.

Most importantly, heavy metals disrupt metabolic functions in two ways:

  1. They accumulate and disrupt functions in vital organs such as the brain, bone, liver, kidney, heart, etc.
  2. They displace vital minerals and hinder their physiological roles (ex. lead, fluoride, aluminum displace calcium, get stored and weaken the bones).

Toxic metals can cause damage by interfering, blocking, replacing, and poisoning many aspects of the body. There are hundreds of metabolic processes in the body where enzymes use either minerals or essential metals as cofactors to do their job and what heavy metals do is they displace the good metals and minerals, and in doing so the enzymes do not work. Therefore whatever metabolic process you are doing – whether energy production, sugar metabolism, getting rid of toxins, etc. – the heavy metals can interfere with it.

1. Heavy Metals in Silicone Breast Implants  

Allergan Natrelle Silicone:          Allergan Natrelle 410 Anatomical Silicone:

                                           

Separately, are also listed the heavy metal catalysts as:  Tin & Platinum

Sources – FDA SSED:

Mentor MemoryGel Silicone:      Mentor MemoryShape Silicone:

                        

Sources – FDA SSED:

Sientra Silicone:

 

Source – FDA SSED:

2. Heavy Metals in Saline Breast Implants 

Allergan Natrelle Saline:

 

 

 

 

Source – FDA SSED:

Mentor Saline:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source – FDA SSED:

Ideal Saline:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source – FDA SSED:

– Other Breast Implant Chemicals –

PIP Implant Ingredient Analysis by Dr. Giangiacomo Beretta: 

Organosilicic compounds

Cyclotetrasiloxane, hexamethyl Trisiloxane, octamethyl Cyclotetrasiloxane, octamethyl Silanol, trimethyl
Tetrasiloxane, decamethyl Cyclopentasiloxane, decamethyl Pentasiloxane, dodecamethyl Siloxane 1, Siloxane 2
Cyclotrisiloxane, hexamethyl Cyclohexasiloxane, dodecamethyl Cycloheptasiloxane, tetradecamethyl Heptasiloxane, hexadecamethyl Hexasiloxane, hexadecamethyl Heptasiloxane, hexadecamethyl

Hydrocarbons

Hexane
Cyclohexane
4-Methyl octane
3-Ethyl hexane
Benzene
Decane
1-Nonadecene Ethylbenzene
p-Xylene
m-Xylene
o-Xylene
-Dimethoxymesytilene
Tetradecane
1-Fluoropropene

Aldehydes

Hexanal
Nonanal
Decanal
Benzaldehyde
4-Methylbenzaldehyde

Ketones

Acetone
Cyclohexanone
6-Methyl-5-hepten-2-one
-Diethoxyacetophenone

Alcohols 

1-Hexadecanol
1-Butanol
2-Ethyl hexanol

Esters

n-Octylacetate
Butylisobutyratel
Triacetin

Organic acid

Acetic acid
2-Methyl hexanoic acid
Pivalic acid
Butanoic acid
Crotonic acid
2-Ethyl Hexanoic Acid

Terpenes

d-Limonene
Junipenen

Miscellaneous

Acetonitrile
Chloroform
1,2-Dimetoxypropane
2-Acetoxyethanol
2-Butoxyethanol
Phenol

“Conversely, the total amount of the major polycylodimethyl- siloxane species (D4–D7 series), released at T = 37 ◦ C by the PIP gel and elastomeric shells, was around 3x higher than that released by the approved implant, highlighting the higher potential of PIP silicone to release these species by simple passive diffusion mediated by their evaporation at physiological temperature.”

Source:

Analytical investigations on elastomeric shells of new Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) breast and from sixteen cases of surgical explantation (2014). Link.

PIP implant analyses from the gov.uk Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA):

PIP Implant Ingredient Analysis by the UK MHRA:

Cyclohexane
Benzene
1,3-dimethylbenzene (o/m/p-xylene)
o/m/p-xylene
2,2,4,6,6-pentamethylheptane
Ethylbenzene
Toluene
2-methoxybenzoic acid methyl ester
2,3 -heptanone
Ethyl 2-methyl butyrate
Iso-amylacetate
1,1,2,2,-tetrachloroethane
Various siloxanes
Titanium, Nickel, Copper, Cobalt, Barium, Gallium, Manganese, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron
Platinum, Aluminum, Lead, Caesium, Selenium,
Etc.

Silicone Breast Implant Ingredients (Dow): 

  1. Methyl Ethyl Ketone (neurotoxin)
  2. Cyclohexanone (neurotoxin)
  3. Isopropyl Alcohol
  4. Denatured Alcohol
  5. Acetone (neurotoxin)
  6. Urethane
  7. Polyvinyl Chloride (neurotoxin)
  8. Amine
  9. Toluene (neurotoxin/carcinogen)
  10. Dichloromethane (carcinogen)
  11. Chloromethane
  12. Ethyl Acetate (neurotoxin)
  13. Silicone
  14. Sodium Fluoride
  15. Lead-based solder
  16. Formaldehyde
  17. Talcum Powder
  18. Oakite (cleaning solvent)
  19. Methyl 2-cyanoacryltes
  20. Ethylene Oxide (carcinogen)
  21. Xylene (neurotoxin)
  22. Hexon
  23. 2-Hexanone
  24. Thixon-OSN-2
  25. Stearic Acid
  26. Zinc Oxide
  27. Naptha (rubber solvent)
  28. Phenol (neurotoxin)
  29. Benzene (carcinogen/neurotoxin)
  30. Lacquer Thinner
  31. Epoxy Resin
  32. Epoxy Hardener 10 and 11
  33. Printing Ink
  34. Metal Cleaning Acid
  35. Color Pigments as release agents
  36. Heavy metals such as aluminum, tin, lead, and platinum
  37. Silica

Click here for detailed information on each chemical.