PIP breast implants could be more defective than previously thought.
New research published in the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic
Surgery found the failure rate of the silicone products manufactured by Poly
Implant Prothese could be as high as 15.9 per cent.
Previous studies have shown between two and five per cent of the PIP implants
to be defective, but Mr Jan Stanek, lead author of the study, explained that
these findings were based on secondary research.
This report used ultrasound to try to assess 453 women who had been given the
implants and found that 38 patients had signs of rupture. However, if all of
the non-responders had the same rupture rate as those actually examined, then
the total rate could be as high as 33.8 per cent.
PIP implants were withdrawn from the UK market in March 2010 following concerns
about their filler gel and the elastomer.
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Cosmetic surgery news : 23 April 2012