Eurosilicone Vs Pip Implants

What are Eurosilicone Implants?

Made in France since 1987 by the “Eurosilicone Company”, Eurosilicone implants are a crystalline paragel silicone implant which has been manufactured to include a low permeability layer, within the shell structure to suppress leakage in the event of a rupture. The micro-texturisation of the surface of the breast implants offers excellent biocompatibility and a reduced incidence of capsular contraction, and, should the implant rupture, the silicone gel is adhesive enough not to travel within the body. Available in both anatomically and round shaped and in high or low profile, they offer a choice of implants to suit all body styles. It is even possible to get them custom made should the patient have particularly challenging needs.

And PIP Implants?

Also French manufactured by the 'Poly Implant Prosthese Company' since 2001, these too are Silicone gel implants used in breast augmentation, however they have not been available to the market since the end of March 2010 due to safety concerns.

PIP implants

During a routine inspection of the 'PIP' manufacturing facility, it was found to be using an industrial grade silicone gel composition, rather than European CE Mark approved medical silicon. The substandard implants were up to 6 times as likely to rupture and had a rupture rate of upwards of 25%. The French Medical Regulatory Authority (AFSSAPS) was immediately informed and the product was recalled. The british Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) was advised to suspend all marketing, distribution and import of the PIP implants.

Because of possible safety concerns, the MHRA has advised all women with these implants to consult their cosmetic surgeon if they have any concerns, and the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) have urged all with PIP's to have an ultrasound scan to check for any weakening or leaking of the implant.

How many women received them?

It's estimated that around 300,000 women across the world were given the lower grade PIP implants, with the two biggest markets being Europe and South America. Of those 300,000 women, approximately 47,000 British women received them. Although these numbers are what has been reported, the actual number could be much higher.

According to a recent report by, the number of women in Ireland who were previously thought to have received PIP implants was just 1,500 but lawyers who've been fighting on behalf of women affected believe the numbers to be closer to 10,000 . With this being the case, it's very possible that the current numbers in the UK are inaccurate too.

Are they still available overseas?

With PIP implants being recalled at the time the scandal broke and Poly Implant Prostheses now defunct, the likelihood the implants still being used are extremely low. Whilst many were sold in Europe and South America, the risks that come with using these implants are so great that it's doubtful any clinic would want to use them even they had access to them.

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What now?

After initial delays by the French authorities, the MHRA carried out their own toxicology tests on the silicone gel, the results of which were published in October 2010. The findings were that no evidence of genotoxicity or chemical toxicity was found, however one of the French conducted genotoxicity tests proved inconclusive and further testing will be performed by the AFSSAPS.

For women who have real concerns over the safety of their PIP implants, the 'Breast Enlargement Company' based in North West England, have offered replacement implants free of charge. They stress that that do not, and have never used the PIP implants themselves but would like to offer assistance at this time.

Poly Implant Prosthese (PIP) Implant Controversy

Due to recent events Clinic Compare has released the following statement on its blog concerning the PIP (Poly Implant Prosthese) Breast Implants scandal which have been highlighted in the national and international press. This is regarding the stance of both the French government and the UK regulatory agency on the preventative explantation on these implants as well as statements from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA), the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons.

Following the recent UK Government Expert Group's report on PIP breast implants the Clinic Compare blog has produced an overview of the Government bodies' findings and recommendations which you can find here.

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