PIP breast implants were withdrawn from the UK in 2010 after it was found they had been fraudulently manufactured with unapproved silicone gel, and were far more prone to splitting (rupturing) than other breast implants.

Research hasn't found any evidence to suggest that PIP implants pose a serious health risk, but they can cause unpleasant symptoms if they rupture, and you may be anxious about leaving them in.

If you have PIP implants, youshould discuss with a surgeon whether they should be taken out. The implants don't necessarily need to be removed, but they should be taken out if they rupture or you're worried aboutthis happening.

This page covers:

What are PIP implants?

Risks of PIP implants

How to find out if you have PIP implants

What to do if you have PIP implants

Removing and replacing PIP implants

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 4 Jan 2017