This publication is for all women who are considering having
breast implants. It summarises the issues associated with breast
implant surgery and includes questions to ask in order to enable
you to make an informed choice about breast implants, based on
independent advice, before agreeing to surgery.
The information in this publication was originally prepared for the Department of Health by women who have had breast implants, health professionals, and representatives of interested organisations. The content is based on the evidence-based recommendations of the report of the Silicone Gel Breast Implants Independent Review Group (IRG) published in July 1998.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), part of the Department of Health, has produced this revised version of the original booklet, which has been updated to reflect any new published evidence.
Independent healthcare providers must be registered by law with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). They are required to meet essential standards of quality and safety and are monitored to make sure they continue to meet these standards. If you wish to find out more about the independent hospital in which you are considering having your operation, you should contact the Care Quality Commission. Contact details can be found in section 10.
This publication is relevant to anyone considering breast implants for any reason. It refers to women because they make up the great majority of people having breast implants.
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