Risky French PIP Implants Cause Alarm Around the World

Plastic surgeon Boucq displays a silicone gel breast implant manufactured by French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) in a clinic in Nice

Women with French Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) silicon gel implants are encouraged to seek medical attention to detect leaking and be evaluated for possible removal. Jean-Claude Mas, founder of PIP, admitted to using non-authorized silicon gel that resulted in high rupture rates.

In 2010, Venezuelan officials discontinued sales of PIP implants. Now, women in Venezuela are being offered free surgery to remove—but not replace—the potentially harmful implants. President of the Venezuelan Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Dr. Marisol Graterol said between 35,000 and 40,000 women undergo a breast augmentation in Venezuela each year. Since doctors say the implants were widely used in the past, many women could be at risk.

In Brazil and Argentina, however, health officials deny the responsibility to fund the removal of PIP implants and simply encourage women to undergo regular checkups. The implants are risky and women should consult a doctor at their convenience. Not all patients require removal of PIP implants.

Women with PIP implants are at risk of psychological damage. Some patients with PIP implant complications felt no symptoms of leakage that had to be detected by exam. Other patients did notice swelling and discomfort. Overall, women with PIP implants should seek a doctor’s advice in a timely manner for their safety.

SOURCE: Business Insider

IMAGE: Euronews.net

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