Every procedure has its risks, but based on 50 years of experience since the first use of breast implants, breast augmentation is a safe and reliable procedure overall. The PIP scandal in 2012 – where implants made from unauthorised silicone filler were revealed to have double the rupture rate of other implants, affecting 47,000 women in the UK – undoubtedly took its toll on the industry, but it’s important we remember this was the result of an isolated criminal act on the part of one manufacturer, not something that translates to breast augmentation as a whole. Similarly, BIA-ALCL, a type of cancer caused by breast implants is extremely rare but also treatable. It affects around one in 300,000 people with breast implants.
It also goes without saying that a procedure is only safe if done by a qualified and experienced surgeon.