Finns’ favourite clinics in Estonia may have used problem silicone implants
Dangerous breast implants may have been sold under another trade name
PIP (Poly Implant Prosthesis) breast implants, which are suspected of being dangerous, have possibly been marketed under another trade name after they had been banned (in March 2010), the International Confederation for Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS) warned on Thursday.
The new brand has been in use for example at the clinics in Tallinn that are popular with Finns going to Estonia for breast enlargement procedures.
According to press news, the French authorities intend to publish a recommendation on Friday, advising all women who have got cheap breast implants made by the company known as Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) to have them removed.
According to the IPRAS, the recommendation would also apply to the implants sold under the trade name M-implant, which were seen in the assortments of cosmetic surgery clinics in Tallinn as recently as this week. If the recommendation also covers the M-implants, it will be of concern to hundreds of Finnish women.
Tiina Jylhä, the director of a Finnish beauty clinic, estimates that on an annual basis, about 300 to 500 Finnish women travel to get breast implants in Estonia through her clinic alone.
Jylhä’s clinic follows the instructions issued by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira), according to which the currently made M-implant is not linked with the PIP breast implants, which are suspected of being dangerous.
Nevertheless, the serial number of the M-implant placed in in a Finnish woman in her 30s at a popular clinic in Tallinn two months ago was the same as that of the banned PIP implant. Legal proceedings in the woman’s case are pending.
According to Director Imbi Blumfeldt from IB Management, a company that imports M-implants into Estonia, the convergence of the serial numbers may be attributable to the fact that between 2000 and 2008, the Dutch medical company Rofil produced M-implants in cooperation with the French Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP).
At that time, IB Management imported about a hundred pairs of M-implants into Estonia.
At present, a new product is made under the same name in Cyprus.
In a question round conducted by Helsingin Sanomat, the Finns’ favourite clinics in Tallinn all said that they have not used PIP implants.
Previously in HS International Edition:
Finnish woman got dangerous breast implant in Estonia (22.12.2011)
National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health
Poly Implant Prosthesis Breast Implants
International Confederation for Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery