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Surgeons reiterate call for further testing of defective implants

London – 9 May, 2013 – In response to an opinion article published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine calling for a more thorough investigation of the health impact of PIP implants, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons ( ) reiterates its own previous statement*: that there continue to remain ‘unanswered questions’ about the controversial devices.

According to consultant plastic surgeon and BAAPS President Rajiv Grover;

“Whilst the article in question is entirely an opinion piece and not presenting any new data, at the BAAPS we do agree – as we have said before – that there remain unanswered questions regarding the possible effects of these chemical compounds. We reiterate our call for analysis to be conducted on collected samples taken ‘in vivo’ rather than off-the-shelf, as it would also be advantageous to examine what impact body temperature and conditions have on them. It was only change occurring in implants inside the body, which triggered a recall of soya bean (Trilucent) implants years ago.

“Women who had or still have PIPs and the surgeons removing them know that more research is needed to explain what they are seeing and experiencing. At the BAAPS we have remained constant in our view – these defective devices have no place within the human body. The whole sector, and in particular the patients affected, deserve thorough answers.

“In light of the recent Keogh review we also take the opportunity to express the hope that systems, such as the implant registry and improved regulation, are soon put into place to help prevent any such tragedy from ever happening again.”



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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