Florida A & M University Law Review


This article will provide a medical/legal perspective to breast augmentation surgery. Written by an attorney who teaches anatomy and a plastic surgeon who routinely performs the procedure, it will initially offer a medical analysis of how the procedure is performed along with its attendant risks. The second part will focus on the court cases and legal theories that have arisen when things go wrong. The article will explain the convoluted litigation history involving breast augmentation when suits were common place and a group of experts linked breast implants to the development of autoimmune disease without any real scientific basis to support their opinions. It will conclude with a discussion of the various legal theories currently being asserted when the surgery does not live up to the patient's expectations.