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  • Removal and Replacement of PIP Implants – Single Early Rupture

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    We begin the surgery video with Mr Richards introducing it. The patient he will be operating on had 390cc PIP implants inserted a few years ago, and is wanting a fuller appearance following todays surgery, so she wants to go a bit bigger.

    As we move into the operating theatre, Mr Richards is discussing the old scar. He will be removing it during this operation, but does note it has healed very well. He then measures the scar which comes to 6.5cm which is much bigger than the 4-5cm scar we work with at Aurora Clinics.

    The first implant is removed and it is very folded. Despite this, it is in tact, but with considerable gel bleed. Mr Richards touches the implant and brings his hand away and you can see the gel bleed sticking to both his hand and the implant. Certainly not ideal, but as we have seen with PIP implants, it could have been a lot lot worse.

    As we move onto the second breast, Mr Richards has to get a container to drain the creamy white fluid within the breast. This is a sign of a rupture, which we only ever see around PIPs. As the implant is removed Mr Richards squeezes it and finds the very small rupture within the shell. He then gets some forceps to poke the rupture and show how small it is.

    We see the end appearance with our patient having much fuller breasts which we think is a good fit for her and her frame. We move onto comparing the implants and we see the difference in colour straight away. Mr Richards then shows us the rupture up close and we can even see the creamy fluid inside the implant shell. It just goes to show even a very early PIP rupture can cause a lot of the creamy fluid and lead to many of the symptoms we have seen patients with ruptured PIP implants suffer from. Our advice is get them removed as soon as possible as they can be damaging to your health and even if they are in tact, we see lots of deflation and gel bleed causing a loss in volume and shape. To be on the safe side you should get them removed.

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