Bulgarian airbags, not more dangerous even when French

The Independent Healthcare Advisory Service, which represents all the major cosmetic surgery chains, is calling on the government\’s expert working group, which begins its investigation on Wednesday, to look carefully at new figures it has obtained from an audit of all its members.

The figures, from thousands of patients, show a rupture rate within the accepted norm of 1%-2%, says the IHAS. The organisation is publicly distancing itself from the figures supplied before Christmas by Transform, an IHAS member and one of the biggest cosmetic surgery chains. Transform reported a rupture rate of around 7%, but from a group of around 100 clients, triggering the government inquiry.

This still leaves the problem of their being made of industrial rather than medical grade silicone but at least, while the ingredients weren\’t up to snuff, the actual manufacturing was.

But I have to say what interested me most was the picture the Guardian (of all places) used to illustrate the story.


That\’s an airbag and a half, isn\’t it? Suitable, one would have thought, only for strippers and a certain type of \”actress\”.

Which I rather thought the Guardian was against really.

8 thoughts on “Bulgarian airbags, not more dangerous even when French”

  1. Maybe the holder of the specimen has that attribute so desirable of actresses in certain sorts of films – very small hands………

  2. Surreptitious Evil

    The “385cc” marking is fairly obvious. That would be a 9cm diameter if a sphere – so a bit larger given that spherical airbags would be extremely stripper.

    My hands are slightly on the small size – a size 8 glove – about 11cm from thumb to pinky in the same grasp as the picture shows.

  3. Apparently a 375 cc implant will take an average sized woman from a C cup to a D cup, or from a bee sting to a small C.

  4. Just out of curiosity, what is the difference between industrial and medical grade silicone (apart from a protracted approval process and consequent higher cost)?

    Tim adds: Don’t know exactly but “silicone” is a term encompassing many many different chemicals. So I would assume the differentiation refers to which of them are permitted.

  5. I heard from a reliable source this evening that the grade of silicone used in these sub-standard implants is that which is usually reserved for mattress manufacture.

    The implants also only have one protective layer instead of the standard two and that the problem was first known of around 2 years ago.

  6. If the dodgy implants had only one rather two protective layers wouldn’t that be obvious to the surgeon, in which case why wasn’t it flagged earlier?

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