LONDON, April 18 (UPI) -- A British researcher suggests the failure rate of breast implants involving industrial silicone may be as high as one in three.
It had been thought about 5 percent of the Poly Implant Prosthese implant, made by a French company of the same name, would rupture, potentially leaking the industrial grade silicone into women's bodies.
However, Dr. Jan Stanek, a London plastic surgeon said his study of 453 women found as many as one in three of the implants burst within 12 years of being implanted, the Daily Telegraph reported.
"Previous studies have typically reported failure rates of between 2 percent and 5 percent and these estimates have been based on secondary data -- patients came forward with problems or a problem was detected during a physical examination," Stanek, who appeared in the British TV series "Plastic Fantastic," and "10 years Younger," told the Telegraph.
"In this study, published in the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, all participants were scanned by ultrasound, which provides conclusive indication of rupture."
The Poly Implant Prosthese implants were removed from the market in 2010.
"This article refers only to a single surgeon's experience and there are many other factors and parameters that need to be taken into account before arriving at a figure that can be widely applicable," Dr. Fazel Fatah, a spokesman for the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, said. "We remain of the opinion that it's not the rupture rate that is the issue but the substandard quality of the implant, and reiterate that all PIPs should be removed as a precaution."