PIP implants are silicone breast prosthesis manufactured by the French company Poly Implant Prothese. As early as 2000, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted a warning to consumers about using these implants. At the end of 2000, the French government also posted a warning to women who had received PIPs to have them removed.
The prosthesis had an unusually high rupture rate and contained industrial-grade, not the required medical-grade, silicone. Despite these findings the PIPs continued to be manufactured until March 2010. It is estimated over 45,000 women in the UK are affected by these prosthesis.
Anyone concerned about her breast prosthesis needs to, first, confirm she received PIP breast implants. This can be done be reviewing medical records or scheduling an appointment with her doctor or surgeon who performed the operation. If she did receive this type of implant, the doctor can conduct tests to check the status of the implant. If the implant has not ruptured, the doctor will want to talk about whether she wants to replace or simply remove the PIP implant.
Some symptoms can include: swelling around the breast, redness, tenderness, and pain or sensitivity. If she experiences any of these symptoms, make visiting the doctor a priority regarding the safety of the implant.
What Are The Options If Considering Replacing PIP Implants?
If she is considering replacing her old prosthesis, she needs to research what type of implant to use. Allergan Natrelle is a premium product to use to replace her PIP implants. Natrelle offers a variety of shapes, sizes and textures. Natrelle is available in silicone gel and saline fillers. In total Natrelle offers customers 500 implant options, giving every customer the opportunity to find the perfect fit.
This implant also offers a lifetime warranty. Impleo by Nagor is another option that offers a lifetime warranty. They offer a wide range of textures, sizes and profiles in their implants as well. The prosthesis feature barrier shell technology and a “non-foam” design which helps prevent infections caused by entrapped tissue. Both of theme are good replacement options for a PIP implant.