The PIP implant scandal came to light last year when the French manufacturers were banned from producing and selling Poly Implant Prosthese, known to the man on the street as PIP Implants. These particular implants were popular with large cosmetic surgery companies due to the cheap nature of the product, which kept costs to a minimum, enticing patients into the operating theatre at cut-cost prices. This has been condemned by health care professionals as ‘immoral and unethical’ practice, playing on vulnerabilities as well as regarding the coffers higher than a patient’s health and well-being.
As it stands, PIP implants were banned in 2010 after they were found to contain industrial grade silicone gel, rather than medical grade, and had an increased risk of rupturing. PIP ruptures are still continuing to grow globally, between 300,000 and 400,000 women in 65 countries are believed to have PIP Implants. The British Association for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) stated some private clinics are trying to bully patients with PIP breast implants into having 'unnecessary' surgery. Though The Tracey Bell Clinic is a non-surgical clinic, Dr. Tracey Bell still insists there is a level of responsibility for the care and consideration of patients’ health and well being which all healthcare providers should adhere to, she insists:
"Medical treatment is not a business just like any other business. Medical treatment should only be provided if it's in the interest of the patient and if the patient has asked for the treatment. I believe in first and foremost listening to my patients who should then be fully informed and educated on what they are receiving and the potential risks involved. In the case of PIP Implants, the industry was unaware that this was not medical grade silicone, however, we have an obligation to our patient’s overall health, whether the fault is of our own or the manufacturers we put our trust in to provide guaranteed and quality products.”
The PIP Implant workshop evening will commence on 24th April at 5.45pm within The Tracey Bell Clinic, Hanover Street. The night has already began to receive praise across social media outlets from industry experts and should begin the healing process from within as the cards will be on the table to discuss and assess what went wrong, why it went wrong and how we move forward as an industry, as practitioners and as patients as advocators of cosmetic surgery. Through industry knowledge and education, the PIP Implant Workshop should be the beginning of answering unanswered questions; reinstating trust within the cosmetic industry and simply ‘…because we care.’ The Tracey Bell Clinic PIP Implant WorkShop commences on 24/4/12 5.45pm. RSVP to email@example.com or 0151 707 0340.
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