BAPRAS responds to concern over Silimed breast implants

MEDIA STATEMENT- 30 January 2012

The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) is aware of the concerns surrounding the use of Poylurethane coating for certain breast implants, which has been used for many years with the goal of reduction in serious breast capsular contracture (scar tissue hardening of the breast). 

BAPRAS is not aware of any new evidence about the situation, and the available data from past Food and Drug Administration (FDA) studies and others suggests that there is an extremely low risk of any additional carcinogenicity (cancer production) from the use of this material. 

We therefore offer reassurance at this stage for those with these devices implanted, and will be monitoring any further data which might arise in the light of the current controversy. No further action is necessary, but as always, if women with breast implants are anxious or have other questions, we would encourage consultation with a properly qualified and accredited plastic surgeon who can discuss the matter with you further.  

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BAPRAS, the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, 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  Anyone can check the GMC to find out if a surgeon is on the plastic surgery specialist register;