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Pip Breast Implant Issues

What to look out for

The major issue with the PiP implants is their high rupture rate – official estimates place this at between two and six times higher than for standard implants. This becomes even more disturbing when it is considered that they have been found to contain industrial silicone instead of the required medical grade silicone. Many recipients of the implants have described it as like having a ‘timebomb’ inside of them.

There are a number of signs that your PiP breast implant might have ruptured or be leaking. The NHS recommends that you consult your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms::

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Tender breasts
  • Change in the shape of the breast
  • Deflation of the breast
  • Lumpiness of the breast
  • Lumpiness or swelling in the areas around the breast
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in the armpit
  • A burning sensation

If you have any of these symptoms - see your doctor without delay; the NHS recommends surgical removal of ruptured implants as soon as possible.

However, an independent expert committee, chaired by NHS medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, determined that the materials used in PiP implants are neither toxic nor carcinogenic – this refutes some of the earlier and more worrying claims about the implants.

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