Faulty PIP Implants Lead to Large-Scale Review in UK
K. Mathews on 9 Sep 2012 at 9:00am
After the defective PIP implants (compared above, on the left, to a standard implant) were discovered to burst at higher rates than other implants, doctors recommended having them removed from all patients. Nearly 50,000 women in Great Britain are believed to have received PIP implants, and some of them like Flashgirl and Lisalou have shared their breast implant removal within the RealSelf forums.
Just removing the implants is not enough though, argues Bruce Keogh, the National Health Service Medical Director. Keogh, who will oversee new regulations on plastic surgery. The review and subsequent changes will pertain to not just breast augmentations, but liposuction, nose jobs, and other surgeries, as well. Beyond safety procedures, British authorities will also look at the advertising campaigns used by cosmetic enhancement.
RealSelf has reported on the ongoing PIP saga throughout the year:
- A PIP manufacturer acknowledged that he knew the products they sold were inferior
- UK doctors charged outrageous fees just to look at women’s medical records to determine whether they had PIP implants
- A British women shared her story of getting her PIP breast implants removed (with video)
Men aren’t in the clear: PIP implants were also inserted into men as pectoral and testicular implants
This latest headline, however, finally indicates some positive change may come out of what has clearly been a traumatic incident for thousands of women.