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Credit card company reimburses for faulty breast implants

Paid with plastic for your plastic surgery? Ray of hope for PIP victims

London – 13 March, 2012 – The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons ( ) today welcomes the news that a patient has had the full cost of her original breast augmentation with the now-banned, defective PIP implants reimbursed by her credit card company. Despite most companies requiring a ‘faulty goods’ claim to be made within a month or two of purchase, it has been accepted that the devices wouldn’t have been recognised as such in that timeframe.

According to consultant plastic surgeon and BAAPS President Fazel Fatah;

“We’re delighted that at least a proportion of women who chose this method of payment should now have recourse to securing reimbursement for what are clearly defective, substandard goods. It has been our stance at the BAAPS throughout that PIP implants should be removed and preferably before rupture. It is a shame that many of the clinics that most commonly used these devices are still refusing to replace them free of cost, but this development should at least offer a ray of hope to many of their patients.”


About the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
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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