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UK surgeons reiterate caution on controversial implants

“If concerned or with adverse symptoms, see your surgeon”

London – 21 December, 2011 – In light of news that the French Government may consider explantation (removal of implants) for the 30,000 women in France who have controversial PIP devices filled with non-medical grade silicone, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons ( today reiterated guidance and urged calm.

According to consultant plastic surgeon and former BAAPS President Douglas McGeorge;

“The message here is not to panic – our main advice remains unchanged. Women with PIP implants should be checked by the clinic where they had their surgery and can then be monitored afterwards. These implants have a higher failure rate so there will be women who might choose to have their implants removed before that happens, whereas others will be happy to be monitored.”

Consultant plastic surgeon and BAAPS President Fazel Fatah says;

“There has been no new scientific evidence to indicate that these implants have a link to cancer – however, if women are concerned or experience adverse symptoms they should see their surgeon, to discuss options such as having a scan to determine whether there is any weakening or rupture. If there is, we reiterate our previous recommendations in line with the French agency AFSSAPS: to have both implants removed.”


About the BAAPS

The BAAPS (, based at the Royal College of Surgeons, is a not-for-profit organisation, established for the advancement of education and practice of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for public benefit. Members undergo thorough background screening before they can join. Information about specific procedures and surgeons’ contact details can be found on the website, or by contacting their office at 020 7430 1840. Further materials can be posted to members of the public seeking specialised information. BAAPS is also on Twitter:   and Facebook:

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