Concern for mammary prostheses of the French company PIP spreads over Latin America, an area where it has sold a large number of this type of implants. In particular, more than 50% of the exports of breast prostheses of PIP was for several years to these countries. Unlike France, where it has been recommended to all women removed pre-emptively their prosthesis, in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and other Latin American countries the authorities have called for calm and asked users who have problems that they contact their surgeons or health authorities. It is estimated that some 300,000 people in the world use the breast implants manufactured by the French company, which became the third most important in the world in this sector, but there are no official figures. In addition, now has been discovered that they could have been marketed under a name different in other countries, as it has happened in the Netherlands.
Some sources have encrypted some 30,000 French, in 13,000 argentinas, at 25,000 the Brazilian, in 350 the Chilean and less than 100 Panamanian that carry these products in their bodies. Mauricio Dalessandro, a Deputy from the province of Buenos Aires, the most populous of Argentina, is already working on the drafting of a Bill to make the provincial health system, both public and private, concerned no cost for women with the PIP mark prostheses which, for fear of contracting illnesses, decide to resort to surgery for its removal. A few days ago a Buenos Aires clinic announced that it was going to take care of the cost which involves surgery extraction and professional fees, but not the new implant, already prompting criticism from those affected. Argentina ranked number 19 in the list of countries with more cosmetic surgical procedures performed in the world in 2010 by certified plastic surgeons.