Risks of PIP implants

PIP implants are two to six times more likely to rupture than standard silicone implants.

Thisdoesn't pose a serious risk to your health, but it can cause some unpleasant symptoms.

See your GP if you have signs of a rupture, such as:

  • lumpiness or swelling in and around the breast
  • a change in the shape of the breast
  • redness
  • pain and tenderness
  • a burning sensation
  • enlarged lymph nodes in the armpit

Ruptured PIP implants have no proven long-term health effects. British and European researchers have so far not found any evidenceto suggest that the ingredientsinthe implants can cause cancer or are toxic.

Seethe British expert review group's final report (PDF, 163kb) and the European Commission's Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) report (PDF, 963kb) for more information.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018