PIP Breast Implants: 'A Worrying Trend', Warns National Accident Helpline

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National Accident Helpline is urging people who are thinking about having cosmetic surgery to think carefully

People who are considering cosmetic surgery need to ensure that they fully understand the health issues that could follow

National Accident Helpline has responded to the recent news around PIP breast implants rupturing and leaking industrial silicone by warning members of the public about the potential dangers of cosmetic surgery.

The accident claims specilaists have seen a rise in recent weeks in the number of concerned individuals contacting them to enquire about medical negligence-related claims.

It has been reported by the BBC that there are now around 100,000 cosmetic operations in the UK each year. However; it is not just women seeking the ‘perfect body’, cancer patients in need of breast reconstruction also undertake surgery, said Beth Powell, consumer director at National Accident Helpline.

“It’s dreadful to hear that industrial silicone is being used in certain breast implants, and let’s not forget that cosmetic surgery isn’t just for those seeking the perfect body," she said.

"Many people seek help for conditions they have had since birth and disfigurements following accidents, as well as cancer patients who require breast reconstruction after surgery."

Beth went on to urge those considering surgery to make sure they were fully aware of the risks before going ahead, and to ensure they used a reputable clinic.

“Those who are considering cosmetic surgery need to ensure that they fully understand the health issues that could follow," she said, "otherwise they could find themselves left with scarring, swelling, infections and nerve damage.

"People need to check that they are using a reputable and experienced clinic with suitable aftercare.”

Last year, the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death found that out of 100,000 cosmetic operations carried out each year, nearly half of the operating theatres in use were not properly equipped, and almost a fifth had no emergency re-admission policy.

National Accident Helpline can offer support for those who have suffered as a result of medical negligence.

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