While Brazilians are among the world’s most frequent plastic surgery
patients, new regulations on breast implants may soon mean that some Brazilian citizens may travel to the US to receive breast augmentation
, according to a recent article
by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. This comes as the PIP breast implant scandal continues to reverberate throughout much of the world.
Last year, when the French breast implant manufacturer Poly Implant Prothese was found to have been using industrial-grade silicone in its breast implants, it created shockwaves throughout Europe. While the United States was unaffected by the scandal, since the FDA has some of the world’s most stringent regulations on breast implants, many other countries were forced to re-evaluate their own regulations.
Now it seems that Brazil is among them.
Shortly after the scandal broke, Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) temporarily stopped imports of foreign implants, but then developed new testing rules to ensure the quality of the products. Reuters reports that implants sold in Brazil will now have to undergo new testing procedures, which will guarantee their strength, durability, and lack of toxicity. This certification process could take up to two weeks.
“Manufacturers will be able to choose between certification through on-going pre-market tests on batches of their products, or on-site inspections of production processes that will come on top of existing factory inspections by Anvisa,” Reuters reports.
The ASAPS article suggests that many Brazilians may decide to simply fly to the United States in order to receive breast implants. To date, the FDA has only approved three silicone breast implants for use in the US, none of which were implicated in the PIP scandal. Breast implants, which may be filled with either saline or silicone, are also frequently used during breast reconstruction surgery