The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Facial WastingFacial Wasting
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

Concern about Phthalates in PMMA

Oct 16, 2009

I have read about PMMA in some of your previous answers and I like the idea that it is permanent. I was doing some googling to see if I could find anything about negative side effects before I take the plunge and came across a website that mentions that PMMA contains DBP Di-(n-butyl) phthalate. Is it possible that once implanted, the phtalates could leach out of the PMMA and cause problems?

The following is the URL where I read this.

Response from Dr. Pierone

The following answer comes from a colleague who is an expert in PMMA manufacturing.

Phthalates are used in some plastics (usually vinyls and ethylenes) to give them flexibility. To my knowledge, no one has ever used it in PMMA microspheres, as all applications require rigidity and surface hardness. Besides, all PMMA used for implant is tested for purity using HPLC, and any even trace amounts of phthalates would certainly show up in that assay, and again in the testing for residual monomers.

I hope that this information helps and best of luck to you!

bio alcamid removal
Update on my use of Tamoxifen for gynecomastia and warning

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS



This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint