You might not have heard of PIP breasts implants, but all things in regard to such a serious matter that can potentially endanger your health while searching for the approach that best suits your needs for breast augmentation is worth mentioning.
So what are PIP implants, you ask? They are a type of silicone breast implants manufactured by a company called Poly Implant Prostheses. The company is located in France. So what’s the big deal? Well, the problem with PIP implants is that the silicone used is cheap, industrial grade like that used in mattresses (MATTRESSES!) and much more—make that SIX TIMES MORE LIKELY—prone to rupturing. In the UK alone, there has been a ban on any PIP implants made after 2001.
Reports have stated that around 300,000 women in 65 different countries have had these implants, including nearly 50,000 British women, with private clinics providing 95% of those implants received. The concerns officials have is that, given the much higher likelihood of rupture and the significantly lower quality of materials than what should be used, the ruptures could prove to be not only toxic, but even ultimately cause cancer. Not to use a cliché, but these instances would be the veritable time bomb right under a woman’s skin.
This alarming news only further underscores how critical it is to thoroughly research your surgeon, making sure he or she is certified by either the ASPS, or if you’re not in the U.S., some board of equal credibility.