PIP Breast Implants and the risks women will take for Surgical Breast Enhancement
13th Jan 2012
Article updated on 9th April 2020
It was concerning to hear (in 2012) that over 40,000 British women in the UK have received the PIP Implants from the French company, Poly Implant Prostheses which have now been deemed as unsafe according to the NHS report.
The tests found no evidence of genotoxicity (potential for cancer) or chemical toxicity of the filler material in the implants but still they were filled with an industrial-grade material deemed unfit for medical use that has a greater chance of rupturing. This is very frightening news and anyone that has these breast implants will most likely want them removed as the enjoyment of having them has now been replaced with the not knowing and concern for their health and well being.
TOWIE star Lauren Pope has been affected by the scare as she has recently been told that her implants are PIP. I am sure many more celebrities have been affected too but have chosen to keep this away from the press. There is a big rush now for surgeons to get these implants removed and either replaced with the correct medical standard silicone implants or for breasts to be left back in their natural form.
The Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) silicone breast implants were banned in 2010. When the implants were recalled, poor record-keeping meant many women were unsure whether they had this type of implant which also caused worry. Since this, The Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry (BCIR) was set up by NHS Digital so the number of breast implants and the types used could be recorded to prevent any further problems in the future.
The risk of surgery for cosmetic enhancement has always been there and it is alarming how many women are willing to take these risks at great expense to enhance their assets. In 2017/2018 it was recorded by the BCIR that 20,665 breast enlargement operations took place in the UK.
The NHS say "having a breast enlargement is a big decision. Breast enhancement is a major surgery, the results are not guaranteed and there are some risks to think about. There are some circumstances where you might be able to get breast enlargement on the NHS – for example, if you have very uneven breasts or no breasts, but you will usually have to pay to have breast implants. In the UK, breast implant surgery costs around £3,500 to £8,000. This does not usually include the cost of consultations or follow-up care. You'll also have to pay for any follow-up surgery you may need in the future."
The NHS provide a lot of useful information on breast enlargement including all the things that could go wrong, which is quite a long list and enough to put me off! Please see, https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cosmetic-procedures/breast-enlargement for more information.
With all these potential risks, why not take a much safer and cheaper option by choosing chicken fillets, Breast Enhancers or even Silicone Breast Prostheses. I am sure every woman is very aware of the risks involved when undergoing any surgical procedure however the chicken fillets and prosthetics are much safer options, cost a considerable amount less and are very comfortable to wear on a daily basis. They also have the added benefit that they can be removed very easily whenever you wish for free! There are so many options available now for having a larger looking chest without undergoing surgery. You can see the options we offer below.
There are so many padded bras and gel bras available. Our padded silicone stick on bras and padded fabric stick on bras can be discreetly worn underneath backless or strapless dresses and tops as there are no straps to these bras. This gives you a very natural boost to your bust size and makes you feel confident to wear whatever you wish with them. The silicone strapless and backless bras and gel bras are a cheap solution to having a pert and fuller looking bust and more importantly they are safe.
Breast enhancers are a very inexpensive option for those who are looking for a nice boost to their cleavage or cup size. Some are made from silicone and can come with or without a raised nipple and they are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. We also offer foam/ fabric bra and bikini inserts for added volume without the weight of heavy silicone. If you are unsure of what to do, why not give them a go? They are quick, pain free, they won't burn a hole in your pocket and best of all, they are ZERO life changing risks.
Breast forms, or breast prostheses are mostly associated with mastectomies, but they are also fantastic and widely used as enhancers as well, especially among the transgender community, and on film and TV sets for costume. They are soft and feel very natural, with a squishy breast-like texture and there are a larger variety of sizes and shapes available so you can get the exact size you want. It is recommended that the breast forms are worn with a mastectomy bra or mastectomy swimsuits with pockets to hold them securely in place.
Breast Cancer Now said around a third of women who have a mastectomy every year in England choose to have breast reconstruction, about 3500 either straight away or after a delay. Therefore, approximately 7000 women every year do not have reconstruction surgery and may choose to opt for the safer option of the breast forms/ breast prostheses.