Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, class-action lawsuits claimed that dow cornings silicone breast implants caused systemic health problems. The claims first centered on breast cancer and then migrated to a range of autoimmune diseases, including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and various neurological problems. This led to numerous lawsuits beginning in 1984 and culminating in a 1998 multibillion-dollar class action settlement. Breast implants are still a popular choice, but when dow started making these silicone implants decades ago, a barbie-like body was a must for many women. Who didnt feel pressure to get implants? Women were not only told they needed to look a certain way they were also told it was safe and easy. Dow corning breast implants were the most popular of the early silicone implants used for cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Although originally hailed as a miracle product to increase breast size and fullness, the silicone breast implant became a symbol of corporate liability, patient suffering, poor science and abuse of the legal system for over 20 years. louisiana state jury finds dow chemical co knowingly deceived women by hiding information about health risks of silicone used in breast implants, and failed to test silicone. when dow corning faced thousands of lawsuits in the 1990s from women saying they had become sick from the companys silicone gel breast implants, its parent firm, dow chemical, turned to. Dow dumped its breast implant business in 1992 (as did bristol-myers squibb and bioplasty) and filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1995 and in 1998 offered a 3. At trial, stern introduced as evidence dow corning internal documents suggesting that the company was aware of high rupture rates and gel bleed with silicone breast implants 3, 4. The stern lawsuit went largely unnoticed until 1990 when, on the eve of congressional hearings on the safety of breast implants, a program on the dangers of silicone implants aired on face to face with connie chung. dow corning, which at the time was the largest manufacturer of silicone breast implants, was the hardest hit by the fda restriction. In 1995, lawsuits filed by hundreds of thousands of women claiming to have suffered health problems as a result of silicone breast implants forced dow corning to seek protection from its creditors under chapter 11 of the u. on removal, the implants were found to be 125-cc breast implants manufactured by dow corning. The shells were seamless and teardrop shaped and had four dacron fixation patches on the posterior surface three patches were round, and a fourth larger patch was shaped like a dumbbell ( figure 6 ). Stuart linder posted in breast implants, breast topics, plastic surgery today i operated on a breast revision patient who had 28-year-old ruptured silicone dow corning implants. On mri, it was determined that the patient had both extra and intracapsular rupture of the implant.