Deflated PIP Implant Removal & Replacement16th April 2012
Having had her PIP silicone implants inserted in 2002, this patient noticed that the volume of her breasts has reduced over time. She came to see Mr. Adrian Richards at Aurora clinics in Buckinghamshire right after the PIP manufacturers have been exposed for using industrial silicone to produce these breast implants as she had serious concerns about her health. During surgery, the removed PIP implants confirmed our patient's worries that they were leaking silicone through the outer shell and have lost almost a third of their initial volume, which we have seen with most of them. Aurora's patient had her PIP implants replaced with high quality Nagor silicone implants and is recovering well prior to surgery. For more information on PIP implant removal procedures or should you wish to book a free consultation with any of our highly specialised plastic surgeons, please call our Free number 0800 328 5743
Hello. Our first patient today had 390cc PIP implants back in 2002, and she’s looking at exchanging them today with slightly larger implants and they put her in a slightly lower position. She understands this won’t be improved significantly by the new implants, but she’s not keen on an uplift procedure. So I’ll be taking you through each stage of the operation.
The first stage of the operation is just to remove this scar, the old scar. It’s quite a long scar, seven centimetres long. It’s much longer than we’d normally use. I’m just going to remove part of it and then remove the implant. I’ll show you the implant when we remove that.
This is the PIP implant I’ve just removed. It is a 390cc implant, as we thought. Quite a lot of deflation in the top. Can you see that? This is what we’re seeing with a lot of the implants. The gel is sinking to the bottom, and then we’ve got an empty rim there, and we’ve got rippling and the waviness in the top with all this gel bleed. I don’t know whether you can see this stringy material between the implant and my finger. So intact, but with gel bleed and deflation.
I’ve just removed the left implant now, and you can see it’s very, very similar, with deflation in the top. Can you see that bit there? Lots of gel bleed. So our patient feels that she has gotten smaller with time, and I think you can see from the implant there that it has gotten smaller. We actually went for 520cc TSF in the end because on the sizing that just gave her a little bit more fullness on that side. So we’ll probably go for exactly the same size on the left. It is a 390cc. S we’ll be looking at 520 again on this side. But a very characteristic appearance of deflated breast implant with a lot gel bleed.
Just blowing this implant up to 450ccs. 50 more please. We’re just going to blow it up to 485 to see what that looks like. That’s 485. That looks pretty good like actually.
This is the end of the operation. You can see I think we’ve got a better cleavage. We’ve increased the size. We went with 520. I think they look good on her. I’ve just also done a little operation just to tidy up her tummy bottom scar there. Overall, I’m pleased with the results of that operation.
I just thought I’d show you the implants I’ve just removed. This is the one on the right. You can see it’s dried out now that it’s exposed to the air, but we can still see that rim there. That’s what fractures. You can see all the silicone really going to the base there. This is the lot number on this case. On the left, very similar sort of appearance. Again, that’s where we get the deflation you see, and then that makes that a point of weakness, a folding point that can break. Can you see all the silicone has really just gone down to the bottom, leaving that top bit really empty, and that’s how it will be in the body.
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