Filipino lawmakers create breast implant research coalition

Filipino lawmakers create breast implant research coalition

Following the recent conviction of Poly Implant Prothèse founder Jean-Claude Mas, who sold breast implants with unauthorized silicone to hundreds of thousands of women across the globe, many countries are taking the one of the world's most popular plastic surgery procedures more seriously. The Guardian reported that the British government is establishing a national breast implant register to keep track of the procedure, as well as to provide surgeons and their patients with more transparency. Now, the Philippines is determined to protect its citizens who undergo the procedure.

According to GMA News, two Filipino lawmakers have introduced a bill that would establish a committee under the Department of Health dedicated to breast implant research, education and awareness. The proposed committee would focus on the health risks of implants, as well as any potential links to breast cancer or disease.

"The committee shall be composed of two representatives from the DOH, one representative from other agencies, four physicians with established credentials in the area of breast implants and two women who have or have had breast implants," the bill stated, as quoted by the news source.

Breast augmentation was the second-most performed surgical cosmetic procedure in the world in 2011, according to data compiled by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. While the Philippines has a growing plastic surgery industry, the country did not crack ISAPS' Top 25 ranking of the countries with the most cosmetic surgery procedures.