Miss Great Britian Had Her PIP Breast Implants Removed
At age 30, UK model Gemma Garrett has held the title of Miss Great Britian, Miss Ulster and Miss Belfast. She also was one of an estimated 50,000 woman who had Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) breast implants, which were found to contain industrial grade silicon.
Less then three years after getting the breast augmentation surgery, Gemma Garrett found out that her breast implant had ruptured and tests showed that silicon had leaked into her bloodstream. In 2011 she had her PIP breast implants removed and pieces of industrial grade silicon were tweezed from her body. Now, Gemma is speaking out against the sparsely regulated plastic surgery industry in hopes of helping other young women.
In an interview with NewsBeat, Gemma reveals that it’s simply too easy for uninformed, impressionable young women to get life-altering plastic surgery.
Gemma on why she got breast implants:
I think it’s just so easy to have it done and I think I got caught up in that. I obviously didn’t research enough. I didn’t even know all the risks. I didn’t realise that by signing up for breast implants you’re really signing up for an operation every 10 years. I was 26 years old when I had my implants put in and I thought I was a woman and I had all the answers – and it was still the wrong decision for me.
Gemma on what can be done to stop this from happening again:
There needs to be more communication with the surgeons, the clinics and with the patients. I think the government needs to look into that more because there was just no communication whatsoever.
And why she thinks women continue to get breast implants, even after knowing the risks:
Women are undeterred by the risk. Even with the PIP scandal – how big it was – people are still thinking they’re worth the risk and I just can’t fathom that. In my personal opinion, images in magazines and in the media are very unrealistic. These are people who are handpicked to model these clothes because they look so different from the average woman. I don’t think this is hammered home enough to young girls.
Gemma Garrett has also participated in a documentary titled, “Are My Fake Breasts Safe?”, where she investigates how she and 50,000 other British women ended up with toxic PIP breast implants.