Video Brings Complete Honesty to the PIP Implants Crisis
I would like to thank you for such a true view of my story, I feel that you have really taken my views and dignity and made a fantastic clip, let's hope it helps some other women and they take action too!!
Mr. Adrian Richards was voted ‘Home Counties Leading Plastic Surgeon’ and ‘Leading Breast Surgeon UK'
As huge numbers of women come forward for PIP implants removal and replacement surgery, Aurora Clinics have recorded a groundbreaking behind-the-scenes account of one patients’ journey through the whole procedure.
What makes this video different? Its aim, says genuine patient Abbie (star of the short documentary) is to “help other women so that they take action too!” It does this by providing a truly candid account of Abbie’s experience from:
- initial consultation
- selecting new implants
- going into surgery
- actual surgical footage with full voiceover by Mr. Adrian Richards
- demonstration of the ruptured implants and silicone
- physical and emotional feelings after the procedure
- new breast implant results
Aurora have used their own in-house media team to gain access-all-areas passes to operating theatres, consultations, a surgeon’s-eye-view and the innermost thoughts of genuine PIP implant patients: things which often elude larger television camera crews.
Abbie’s case is particularly alarming because she wouldn’t have considered removing her implants at all had it not been for the recent media attention surrounding PIP implants. She had her breast enlargement surgery in 2008 and describes how she had never experienced problems or concerns until all the news stories about PIP implant health risks and high rupture rates made her dig out her paperwork. She was devastated to find that she did indeed have PIPs and that her original surgeon could not be contacted.
Examinations by both her GP and a different surgeon suggested she was totally fine; it was only a slight change in the shape of one breast that led to her being sent for a precautionary ultrasound. This ultrasound revealed that her left breast was ruptured: a subsequent stronger ultrasound showed both PIP breast implants to be ruptured! In the video, Abbie states: this was terrifying because “I didn’t see any signs of rupture or anything like that…Physically, the ruptured breasts feel absolutely fine, no major changes in them…if I didn’t push for the ultrasound, I wouldn’t’ve known”
Abbie’s words perfectly mirror the warning recently issued by top plastic surgeon, Mr. Adrian Richards, of the dangers of the ‘silent rupture rate’. Via Aurora Clinics press releases and an interview for ITV news, Mr. Richards has spoken out about the dangers of only recommending women to have these PIP implants removed once ruptured, when so many – just like Abbie - could quite plausibly have ruptured PIP implants without knowing. Although no link between cancer and PIP implants has been proven, the silicone used in PIP implants is known to be sub-standard, industrial grade silicone which may cause irritation when leaked into the body. As Abbie continues: “There’s been some slight pain, but I’ve recently had a baby so I just put it down to my body changing during pregnancy…”
The most poignant thing about this video – and the factor that makes it well worth watching – is how honestly it conveys Abbie’s emotions throughout the process. Like many PIP patients, she describes her main emotions as grief and anger, with an overriding feeling of ‘relief’ once the implant removal and replacement is performed. “I feel much safer,” she thanks Mr. Richards, “and I’m actually happier with these results.”
Despite surgeons like Aurora Clinics (who never used PIP implants themselves) coming to the rescue of patients like Abbie, these ladies are still being left with a lot of anger. “I paid a decent amount of money that I saved and worked hard for…now all that money seems wasted: yet I went to a good surgeon for a good breast augmentation and this is not what I feel I received”.
Having watched the video, Abbie wanted to thank Aurora Clinics: “for such a true view of my story, I feel that you have really taken my views and dignity and made a fantastic clip”. She now hopes that, by seeing the inside story of her PIP implant removal and replacement journey, other patients will have the confidence to undergo the same process. Dealing with the anger about what they have been put through is an issue which may be harder to fix.
Aurora Clinics are happy to offer support and advice to women like Abbie who have discovered they have PIP implants. With a cost price offer for implant removal and replacement, using only top quality implants and board registered plastic surgeons. Contact 0800 328 5743 / for details.