Thanks to our colleagues at the Société Française de Chirurgie Plastique Reconstructrice et Esthétique (French Society of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery) with whom ASPS signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2010, we have been receiving real-time information from plastic surgeon leaders in France.
At this time, we would like to inform all U.S. domestic ASPS members that, to the best of our knowledge, PIP silicone gel-filled implants were never approved for use in the United States. An American woman would need to have been implanted outside the United States in order to have received the implants that are now the subject of concern in France.
For our international members, we believe that while the current focus of attention is in France, approximately 80 percent of PIP implants were exported to other countries including the United Kingdom, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Venezuela. There are also reports that implants under the brand name “M,” distributed by a Dutch company in Germany – and possibly elsewhere in Europe – may also be PIP implants that were rebranded as “M” implants.
An official decision by the French Ministry of Health as to whether an estimated 30,000 French women with PIP silicone implants will be advised to have their implants explanted is expected on Friday, Dec. 23. Other European health ministries appear to be awaiting the French decision before deciding on their own courses of action.
ASPS will continue to monitor the situation and keep its members informed.
Additional coverage of this development will be included in the January-February 2012 issue of PSN, as well as on PSNextra.org.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the world’s largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. Representing more than 7,000 Member Surgeons, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. ASPS advances quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery. For more information, please visit www.plasticsurgery.org.