- The PIP breast implant scandal has shone a spotlight on the regulation of the cosmetic surgery industry.
- Concern grew late last year over the implants, which were made by French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP).
- The implants were linked to the death of a French woman from a rare form of cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), sparking worries among 47,000 British women who were thought to have had them.
- The implants were filled with non-medical grade silicone intended for use in mattresses and have been linked to rupture and swelling in the body.
- British experts have however said ruptured PIP breast implants should not cause any long-term health problems.
The official review into cosmetic practices should mean the PIP scandal should never happen again. But the industry has a lot of work to do.
A major review into cosmetic surgery is being launched in light of the PIP scandal.