Comment from BAPRAS on the MHRA issued safety notice on PIP silicone breast implants
Professor Simon Kay, leading plastic surgeon, member of the British Association of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgeons and the Committee for the Safety of Devices at the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, said:
"This is a precautionary measure made in response to an alert from the French Authorities and concerns a small proportion of all breast implants used in the UK over the last nine years.
"The potential for any risk from these particular implants is being scientifically assessed but at present there is no evidence of medical harm from these or any other any breast implant in use.
"Surgeons will be in contact with any patient who has received this type of implant if any action is required. In the meantime women need only seek advice from surgeons if they have symptoms in their implanted breasts. Women without symptoms do not need to take any action at the current time, or until further notice."
BAPRAS, the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, is the voice of plastic surgery in the UK. It aims to increase the understanding of the professional specialty and scope of plastic surgery, promoting innovation in teaching, learning and research.
Founded in 1946 (originally as the British Association of Plastic Surgeons), today BAPRAS has over 800 members and is the professional representative body for reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgeons providing services to patients on the NHS and privately in the UK.
Members of the public can find a member plastic surgeon in their area by logging on to http://www.bapras.org.uk/. Anyone can check the GMC to find out if a surgeon is on the plastic surgery specialist register.