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Cases Of Ruptured Breast Implants Increase Significantly

Celebrity Culture Is Being Blamed For Increasing Breast Implant Complications


The number of complications relating to breast implants is on the rise in the UK, leading to concerns that celebrity culture could potentially be putting people's lives at risk.

Speaking to the Sun, former president of the British Association for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons Douglas McGeorge commented: "There is 'Jordan syndrome', where some women want bigger and bigger breasts.

"The bigger they are, the more problems that are likely to occur. Large implants are influenced by gravity. Just as a bag containing a goldfish ripples when you lift it, large implants can ripple."

Here, Mr McGeorge refers to glamour model Jordan - real name Katie Price - who has had numerous breast operations over the years.

She is just one example of a celebrity influencing the way women want to look - a culture that he suggests has contributed towards the increasing number of complications relating to breast implants.

Figures from the Department of Health show that around 30,000 such operations are carried out each year in the UK, with statistics from the Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority highlighting that 2,427 problems were reported between 2012 and 2013. Of these, some 1,543 related to ruptures.

However, in 2009-10, just 293 ruptures were recorded, showing a significant increase over the past few years.

Mr McGeorge also mentioned "problems in recent years where some cheaper implants were not up to standard and were prone to failure", suggesting that some women are so desperate to emulate famous females that they will rush into surgery without properly researching the procedure, its quality or its consequences.

In addition, this could be a reference to the PIP scandal reported a few years ago, which takes its initials from French company Poly Implant Prothese. The firm manufactured silicone implants using a material intended for use in mattresses, with around 400,000 women worldwide and nearly 50,000 in the UK being affected.

Last year, its founder Jean-Claude Mas was jailed for four years, but this has not stopped problems arising elsewhere in relation to breast implants.

Expert Opinion
These figures relating to the rising number of breast implant complications are very concerning.

“There is no denying that it has become more common to undergo cosmetic surgery due to its prominence in celebrity culture and we see the devastating effects sub-standard procedures can have on patients.

“We have long called for greater regulation of the industry to ensure that patients are properly informed of the risks of surgery, given advice on the most appropriate prosthetics and techniques to suit them and provided with good follow-up care to prevent complications from occurring.

“In the rush to emulate their favourite celebrity women may not research the most suitable breast implants available to them and we urge any patient to take their time and gain a second opinion if in doubt. However, cosmetic surgery companies also have a duty to inform and advise their patients as thoroughly as possible and patient safety must be the top priority, rather than one of getting a job done and getting paid quickly.”
Mandy Luckman, Partner

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