“What are PIP implants?” by A.Bandiziol
by Angelo Bandiziol, Clinic Manager of Canova Medical
PIP implants are a type of breast implants produced by the French company Poly Implant Prothèse. The implants caused a scandal back in 2010 when it became apparent that they were being created using a cheap type of silicone gel intended for making mattresses rather than medical-grade fillers.
PIP implants were given market approval in 1997 and were being used up until they were suspended from being used in 2010. It still hasn’t been proven when the company started to use the cheap silicone gel and it is thought that over 40,000 women in the UK have had PIP Implants.
Since the scandal was brought to light, extensive research has been carried out on the implants to show that they are more prone to rupture and leakage than other implants and they contain a higher level of siloxanes than other implants. The research also identified that the PIP implants do not have a significant risk to human health.
When it was released that the implants were faulty it caused a global health scare, with women in over 65 countries affected. When the implants rupture it is said that the silicone gel can leak into the body; although some women won’t notice at all, it can cause the scar tissue to change shape, affecting the shape of the breast. In addition, the gel can be an irritant which would cause the victim pain.
There are many cosmetic surgery companies who offer a service to remove PIP implants and replace them with high quality implants; we understand it can be difficult to try and make a decision on which company to go for which is why we have put together a few tips to help you choose the best cosmetic surgeon to replace your PIP implants
How to Choose a Cosmetic Surgeon to Remove your PIP Implants
- Think of the bigger picture, not just the cost. Many people try to go for the company that will do the procedure for the cheapest, however can be a big mistake. Although a company may not be the cheapest company out there, the chances are they will probably offer service of the highest quality and excellent quality implants.
- Do your research. Make sure you research several different companies and do further research on the surgeon so you have an understanding of their background and experience. Choosing the right consultant is essential when you are under-going cosmetic surgery. If you are still unsure of who to go with after doing some research, go for a few consultations to meet them face to face. If you meet a cosmetic surgeon who makes you feel at ease, you’ve found your guy!
- Ask for evidence. When you go for a consultation with your potential cosmetic surgeon, ask them to show you before and after pictures of previous procedures they have done. This way you can see the quality of their work!