'My breasts are ticking time bombs': Mother reveals PIP implants have caused hair loss and insomnia

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15:31 GMT, 9 March 2012

Sufferer: Andrea Hayman said she would never have had breast implants if she had realised what the consequences would be

Sufferer: Andrea Hayman said she would never have had breast implants if she had realised what the consequences would be

A mother has suffered insomnia and hair loss after both of her breast implants ruptured – causing toxins to leak into her body.

Andrea Hayman, 38, has spoken out to highlight the dangers of Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) implants.

The distressed mother-of-two also wants to encourage women who have had similar breast enhancements to act immediately.

Mrs Hayman, who lives near Ipswich, Suffolk, had her implants removed and replaced on Monday and has since started a support group for victims.

She branded the notorious PIP implants 'ticking time bombs'.

Mrs Hayman said: 'I just don’t understand how all this has happened.

'If I would have known that this was going to happen, I wouldn’t have had the implant.

'It's not worth the risk when it comes to these PIP implants. They are dangerous and women need to have them removed.

'People are living with two ticking time bombs inside their bodies and they aren’t being supported.'

Mrs Hayman had implants fitted in December 2006 after breast-feeding her children had left her 'deflated'.

But Andrea noticed a big difference in the way they felt last year.

'To look at they were fine but they starting feeling really weird and almost mushy.

'I kept calling the Harley Medical Group (where she had the implants fitted) and I kept getting the same answer – that everything was fine,' she said.

'A week after Christmas last year I started getting tingling feelings in my arms, then PIP was in the news every day and I just kept worrying.'

Burst: Plastic surgeon Denis Boucq holding defective silicone gel breast implants, which were removed from a patient

Burst: Plastic surgeon Denis Boucq holding defective silicone gel breast implants, which were removed from a patient

Pip implants explained

To discover whether her implants had ruptured, Mrs Hayman was forced to pay out almost 200 for an ultrasound scan.

'Once
I had the scan and knew that both implants had ruptured I felt relief
because then I knew that I could have surgery,' she said.

'But some people just can't afford that and they aren't getting the support they need.'

ARE METAL HIPS THE NEXT IMPLANT SCANDAL

Almost 50,000 patients with ‘metal on
metal’ hip replacements face increased checks amid fears they may cause
serious health problems.

Friction
between the two metal plates in the body produces chemical fragments called
ions that leak into the blood, triggering inflammation and two to three
times the predicted failure rate.

This leaves patients in pain and with lasting damage to tissue.

The
Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have
issued a new alert to the NHS on a wide range of implants, saying there
was a ‘small risk’ they could cause complications in patients.

Doctors will be told to consider
removing and replacing the implant if the MRI scans come back abnormal
or they are concerned about rising ion levels in the blood.

The MHRA has received 370 ‘adverse
incident’ reports involving metal on metal implants, including soft
tissue damage, of which 242 relate to large-head implants.

They are made by the following
manufacturers: Biomet, Smith & Nephew, Finsbury, Stryker, Zimmer,
DePuy, Corin, Joint Replacement Instrumentation Ltd, Implacast GmbH and
Wright Medical UK Ltd.

Solicitors are coordinating a group claim for ‘crippling pain’ and serious damage against DePuy Orthopaedics.

A staggering 400,000 women worldwide are thought to have had the controversial implants.

Mrs Hayman said she could not have coped without support groups on social networking site Facebook.

'The
only good thing to have come out of all of this is that I have made
friends and can help others who are going through the same thing,' she
insisted.

The Harley Medical Group said it has sent out more than 9,400 letters to patients confirming their implant types.

Health bosses at the private clinic said they were 'continuing to prioritise' patients suffering from ruptures.

About 50,000 British women are thought
to have received the silicone implants made by the French company Poly Implant Prothese
(PIP), which were filled with gel meant for mattresses.

The French authorities took all the
implants off the market in March 2010 because of concerns about the way
they leaked so easily.

Last December, health officials in Paris recommended that all the implants should be surgically removed and confirmed they would foot the bill.

In the UK Health Secretary Andrew
Lansley has ordered a review of the possible dangers, urging
concerned women to visit their GPs.

The Medicines and Healthcare products
Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has said the risk of rupture is only one per
cent, but a cosmetic surgery chain told ministers privately that the
figure could be as high as eight per cent.

Many affected women have criticised the health authorities in Britain for being too slow in both giving clear advice and taking any action. There is still disagreement over whether the NHS or private providers should pay for implant removal.

PIP boss Jean-Claude
Mas, 72, is currently in prison awaiting trial after failing to pay all of his bail money. He faces charges of causing 'involuntary injuries and 'causing bodily harm.'