We would like you to know that, at The Westbourne Centre, we have never used PIP implants. We only use high quality medical grade breast implants from long established reputable manufacturers.
If you have had Breast Augmentation and you are not sure what implants you have, contact the clinic, hospital or surgeon who carried out your operation and ask about the type of implants you have. Remember, you are entitled to get the precise information on this.
If you know that your implants are of the PIP type and have symptoms such as pain, swellings, tenderness and hardening of the breast(s) or enlarged lymph nodes with hard lumps forming in your underarm(s) you need to seek early advice. Try the clinic or the hospital where you had your surgery first. If you do not feel you are getting anywhere, contact your GP to refer you to a qualified NHS plastic surgeon in your area for advice and treatment.
If you know that your implants are of the PIP type, but have no problems with them, it is advisable to seek a consultation at some stage and perhaps have a scan of your breasts to check on the integrity of the implants. If they show signs of rupture, it is advisable to have the implants removed even if you do not have symptoms at the moment.
As it has been established that PIP implants contain industrial grade silicone gel instead of a medical grade, you are entitled to ask for the implants to be removed as a precaution, even if they are not ruptured. Alternatively, you may chose to have periodic scans to check on the implants, but you need to consider the cumulative cost of this option in the long term, in addition to the anxiety that it can generate.
The non-medical grade of silicone in PIP implants can provoke inflammatory reactions in the breasts and lymph glands in the underarms that can cause pain, discomfort, swelling and anxiety, but there is no evidence that it increases the risk of developing breast cancer.
If you had your surgery under the NHS, contact your GP or your surgeon at the hospital. If you wish to have a consultation at The Westbourne Centre with one of our consultant plastic surgeons, please contact us
Our Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Fazel Fatah, talks about making the right decision and lessons to be learned regarding PIP implants.
Although at The Westbourne Centre we have never used PIP implants, we fully understand the worry and anxiety patients with PIP implants are feeling, particularly those whose private providers are not fulfilling their obligations to remove or change their implants. Instead of being treated with compassion and dignity, these patients are caught in a dilema and feel abandoned at a time when they feel that they need help and reassurance the most.
As a gesture of good will, the management at The Westbourne Centre would like to offer any patient who has RUPTURED AND UN-RUPTURED PIP Implants, removal or replacement of their implants at a very minimum cost in recognition of the difficulties they are in and the severe anxiety they feel. The Westbourne Centre would like to demonstrate that many in the private sector DO care about patients and put people before profits.
We have been able to create this opportunity for women with PIP implants only due to the cooperation of a number of Consultant Anaesthetists and a group of Consultant Plastic Surgeons, who are all members of BAAPS and BAPRAS, in response to the plea by the two associations to their members to help these patients in any way they can, even if they were not involved in inserting PIP implants initially.
If you wish to find out more about the conditions that apply, please contact us on 0121 456 0880 or fill out our online enquiry form.