Cosmetic Surgery Study Centre Opens In Response to PIP Breast Implant Scandal
A new UK based cosmetic surgery centre for research, partly funded by the industry, is being created. The National Institute for Aesthetic Research is as a result of the recent scandal regarding french manufactured PIP breast implants, which occurred in 2010.
Women involved in and affected by the sub-standard implants used for cosmetic surgery procedures such as breast enlargement and breast uplift surgery, state that this has unfortunately taken too long to create such a valuable facility for cosmetic surgery in the UK.
There has been a much publicised review of plastic surgery in the UK by the NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh, who criticised the lack of data surrounding procedures such as breast augmentation (breast enlargement).
The centre is being set up by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and the charity The Healing Foundation.
A patient called Kate Ward from Leeds had breast enlargement surgery in 2004 using PIP implants and then paid £9,000 to have the implants removed and replaced with new ones.
Ms Ward told BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours: “The cynic in me just sees this as very reactive. The management of the people still affected by this scandal remains very inconsistent and in some cases non-existent.”
Her opinion is that as it has taken three years to establish the centre, it would suggest that the women affected have not been seen as a priority, adding: “It’s difficult to not feel as though you are stigmatised as someone who has elected to have this surgery in the first place.
“But it is good that lessons are being learnt and changes are being made. I hope by setting up this institute it will stop women being placed in the situation thousands are in at the moment.”
Rajiv Grover, president of the BAAPS, agreed it was embarrassing that this was the world’s first institute related to aesthetic research.
He said: “We have been campaigning for this institute for 10 years but there is now a willingness to endorse this.”
Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS medical director is of the opinion that it will make a significant difference.
He said: “This joint initiative is the first recommendation of my review to be implemented and I know it will provide a major contribution to patient safety.”
The institute will be partly funded by manufacturers who are being asked to donate a pound from the sale of every breast implant which they produce.
So far two manufacturing companies of breast implants have signed up, Nagor (the UK’s only manufacturer of implants), and Eurosurgical, distributors for Silimed based in South Africa.
BAAPS says this will raise a minimum of £25,00 to £30,000 a year. Women affected by PIP implants say all the manufacturers should sign up to the institute.
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