Tens of thousands of women warned their breast implants could explode
The best-selling silicone implant made by the French firm Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), are thought to be twice as likely to rupture.Nearly fifty thousands women in the UK have been warned by health chiefs that their breast implants could EXPLODE.
A government health agency is urging women with this type of implant to contact their plastic surgeons to consider having the implants removed.
They run the risk of developing toxic shock syndrome or gangrene if the implants explode.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has also ordered cosmetic surgeons to stop using these implants.
It follows a nation-wide ban in France of the best-selling implant after it found the implants had been filled with a silicone gel with a composition different from that approved since 2001.
They are now carrying out urgent testing to see if the unapproved material is safe.
Dr Susanne Ludgate, from the MHRA, said: 'Clinicians should not implant these devices and they should quarantine any stock.
'Patients who have concerns about their PIP silicone gel-filled breast implants should contact their breast implant surgeon.'