Questions are being asked about the quality of cosmetic surgery in France after a court ordered the closure of a breast implant firm.
Health authorities demanded the ban after they discovered the company, in the south of France, was using non-authorised silicone gel in its products and had a higher risk of rupture.
French health safety expert Jean-Claude Ghislain said:’‘We can presume that these implants will have a failure rate of one percent. This means that a number of women will have to replace their implants prematurely. Traditionally these implants should last at least ten years.’‘
It’s feared between 35,000 to 45,000 women may have been fitted with faulty products, with at least one thousand needing replacements.
Around 90 percent of the companies products are estimated to have been exported.