Published Wednesday, 15 August 2012
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Tighter controls have been called for to make sure that the welfare of patients comes first.
This comes after it emerged in January that thousands of women throughout the UK and Ireland have been fitted with Poly Implant Prostheses (PIP) which could rupture or leak.
The implants, manufactured by the now-closed French company PIP, were made from industrial grade silicone - a substance used in the manufacture of mattresses.
A review of the industry will look at how patients can be protected and is likely to recommend tightening up several key areas.
These include making it routine practice for surgeons to register all devices used - including breast implants - so individual patients can be traced; tightening rules on dermal fillers; and the introduction of minimum training requirements for surgeons carrying out cosmetic procedures.
The UK wide cosmetic surgery review is expected to publish its findings in March 2013
Heather Riddles had her implants removed -and replaced - after they leaked.
She said that at her first consultation after the news broke about the defective implant, she was advised of a problem.
Although her implants were intact, Heather told UTV that she had experienced bleeding and silicone had leaked into her lymph nodes.
Heather described her ordeal as "a living nightmare from start to finish," admitting that she's been suffering from shooting pains and loss of power in her arm, and night sweats ever since.
Model Gemma Garrett also had her implants removed. She has welcomed news of the review.
"It's just shocking that the issues raised [in the review] are basic standard things that should have been in place a long time ago."
She said that many people did not view cosmetic surgery seriously as being as serious as other surgical procedures.
"Surgery is surgery," she said. "These women are having invasive surgery and it needs to be taken seriously."
Sir Bruce Keough, head of the review, said that as part of the review he would be looking at how other industries protect their consumers.
He said that after the issues arose regarding the PIP implants, they had "terrible difficulty" finding out who had the implants inserted.
Sir Keough added that within the comestic surgery industry, there were a number of women "who had procedures in good faith and something went wrong and they were left high and dry."
He said that people having surgery need to be absolutely sure that the care they are receiving is of an adequate standard.