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There are many complex and sensitive reasons why women choose to have breast implants. Each year, an estimated 8,000 women have breast implant surgery, making it the most common cosmetic procedure for women.

There can be several issues, including lost or new nipple sensations, creasing and folds, and scarring. Most of these complications are common and can be resolved naturally or by talking to your GP. Infected implants affect less than 1% of cases and would require antibiotics or corrective surgery.

Implants are not permanent. Approximately 30% of women will require surgery within ten years of their initial operation. The most common complication is capsular contracture, when scar tissue that forms around the implant begins to shrink and makes the breast feel hard, which can also be uncomfortable. Everyone will experience capsular contracture at some point to varying extents, so corrective surgery is almost inevitable.

Another complication is rupturing in the implants’ casing. If you think this might be happening, contact your GP immediately as the implant may need to be removed. If you are considering having breast implants, explore every option by consulting the NHS website and your GP before making a final decision.

For reliable information on PIP breast implant concerns that have recently been reported in the news, consult the NHS through your doctor.

Watch the Live from the Clinic interactive case video on breast implant complications >

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i have TRM's fitted by spyers hospital in methley leeds in 2004 and in 2007 had to pay for more surgery to my left breast as it had fluid around it and scar tissue it is itching now and changed shape , also its gone hard and i'm very worried but have no money and they say i have to pay for more surgery then claim money back from the manufactor of my implants. should i take legal action against the hospital





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Hello I had my breast done in 1997 and one is leaking nhs put them in as I had depression with the way they first looked now that one is leaking they say they will take them out but not replace if I do that I will be back to square one and depressed. I haven't the funds to do it myself and don't want to get a debt what can I do ?





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Linda, I hope that you read this, you are NOT alone! I had saline breast implants put in back in 1992, and after 7 yrs., my health started falling apart. I could barely get out of bed to go from Dr. To Dr.-even the Mayo Clinic told me that there was no way my implants were making me sick. How could they possibly know that? I know several women that paid thousand of dollars to be in the new silicone implant study for Mentor, but we're dropped from the study when they complained of health issues. I never would have believed that if I had not spoken to these women myself. It made me think that the research on implants might be dishonest. After three years of searching for answers, I finally found a large group of women with implants (2,800!) on- line that were having all my same symptoms. I actually wept from relief. When I had them removed, there was a faulty valve in one of them, and mold growing in it. I sent them to a pathologist to have them examined. That was 10'yrs. ago, and I am still healing.Please try and get them out as soon as you can. I will keep you in my prayers. Please look up Facebook groups on breast implant healing. Love, Daryl

Hi I'm 30 years old an about 2 years ago I wen to a breast clinic cos I could tell from my teenage years that their was something not right with one my Breasts I had em checked an was told one breast is 2 sizes bigger than other one Nhs said they could do it on Nhs after getting my hopes up they were knocked back down an I was told I couldn't have it done on Nhs as my bmi was to high I've done everything to get bmi down but it's still 26 I need help I'm so down and depressed I hate myself how I look I want to look an feel like a proper woman instead I'm stuck looking an feeling like a total freak plz plz help me I've been told that it's a assymetry breast.





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Hi.. I need help, I had breast implants done in June 2014 loved them had such a confidence boost, but by aug 2014 I started to loose the size and my right one had dropped a little, a few days after this one morning I was getting ready for work I when I noticed my right breast implant was disfigured I couldn't really make out it's shape, so straight away I got onto the hospital where I had them done who booked me in to see the nurse the following week, when I saw the nurse she said it looked like it had flipped and I needed to see my Surgan so I waited a approx 3 hrs to see him for him to confirm it had flipped and would need another op to flip it back after reading about flipped implants it could of been that I needed a fuller implant so I called my patient co and asked if this would be better she said having a fuller implant would stop it from flipping so I agreed this is what I would go for so I went from a 425cc to 650 cc and had the op in nov 2014 my op dates kept getting canceled but eventually I got it done but now feb 2015 the same as happend again my right breast gone a funny shape and dropped and they have no dates for me to be seen what is this and what can I do I wish I never had them. Please can you help me. Many thanks bec





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I have 35 yr old implants. I think one has ruptured and the other is hard.Because it is considered cosmetic surgery insurance won't pay for me to have them removed and replaced I don't know what to do. Any idea of the cost for this procedure? Will any insurances pay for this





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I have just had mine replaced after 23 years because mine both had ruptured. I originally had them done on the NHS. They did offer to take them out but not replace them after a 2 year fight so I paid private. The cost was £5160. I'm still getting over procedure it wasn't what it was like first time around I have a lot more pain and discomfort. Not sure about insurance paying my guess is not. Good luck.

I have had corrective breast surgery, uplift & implants. My scarring isn't that bad however I have a problem that I have never come across before or not heard anything about on the web or in the clinics that ive been to. Two years post surgery, around the bottom of my areola and the anchor bit of my scar I have a kind of skin pigment problem where parts of my nipple are the same colour as my skin and the colour of my nipple seems to run into the scar on my breast. Its hard to explain. From my own research I have come to the conclusion that I need scar revision however I am not sure and my gp is unwilling to help!Has anyone ever had scar revision following an uplift or experienced the same kind of problem as me? please let me know. thankyou





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Does nhs still pay for breast implants mine are 35 yr old hard as rock uncomfortable get stinging pain they need to come out





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What is nhs?

No hazel they won't pay. I have just had my replaced privately. I previously had them put in by NHS 23 years ago and after 2 year fight with GP and hospital they offered to take them out but no replace. Cost me. £5160

What is nhs .I am 76 years old .I hadcancer in My left breast 1975 had implant put In a year later .it is leaking Dr said It needs to come out .all I have is . Medicare medicaid .what is NHS ?

Please can you give me details for a recommended cosmetic surgent in Birmingham for breast enlargement. Thanks.





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Hi im a 28 year old lady and i am in bra size 32a well a tad smaller than that and its so embarrassing i ALWAYS have a bra on it has to be padded and i never let partners see my breast i need help with this x





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Please be happy that you are not all full of scars from multiple implant surgeries. All of you, I beg you, Please go on Facebook and research breast implant illness, there are so many of us that are ill. All countries, all ages, all sizes, we are real women, with our photos.... We are desperate to save even 1 of you young, healthy, women! Even the Mentor implant paperwork says on it, that 30%'of implants will have to be changed in less than 6 yrs.- Love yourself and your health!

Hi I wanting to know the best place for breast implants please. As I am really flat chested and not confident with my body due to my breast. Thank you





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