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Removal of French PIP Breast Implants discussed by British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

Plastic Surgeon in countries of the European Union, including the United Kingdom, are discussing the latest information about PIP breast implants.  It was recently determined that the French medical company PIP manufactured silicone breast implants with a lower grade of silicone, which makes the removal of a ruptured PIP breast implant more extensive and complicated. Although the United Kingdom's Medicine and Healthcare Regulatory Agency does not believe that preventative explantation (removal) is necessary, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons feels that the French government's initiative 'not unreasonable.' 


If you have had breast implants placed in South America or Europe in the last 5 to 10 years, you may consider the advice of European healthcare agencies to consult with a plastic surgeon to determine the risks for removal vs. observation of your breast implants.  A simple alternative for unruptured breast implants would be an 'implant exchange,' wherein Dr. Karamanoukian would simply remove the old breast implants and replace them for new Allergan or Mentor breast implants. 

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