Breast implant giant faces lawsuit
Spain’s largest cosmetic surgery company is accused of implanting inferior breast implants to 130 clients.16 April 2008
MADRID - Corporacion Dermoestetica, Spain's largest cosmetic surgery company, is facing a lawsuit accusing it of defrauding at least 130 women who claim they were given breast implants of inferior quality to those they had requested and paid for, judicial sources have disclosed.
The High Court is now expected to decide whether to hear the case, which was initially filed with a court in Valencia a year ago.
The plaintiffs claim they paid around EUR 1,200 each for breast implants of the McGhan brand after being advised by Corporacion Dermoestetica consultants that they were the "best available" and would cause "no complications".
However, they say that they were really given implants of inferior brands, including Silimed and Sebbin, that should have cost around EUR 600. The apparent switch was discovered by Jaume Serra, a plastic surgeon employed by the firm who noticed the inconsistency during surgery in February 2006.
Corporacion Dermoestetica denies the allegations that it intentionally defrauded the women, arguing that all its breast implants cost the same and that for a while a computer error caused McGhan implants to be listed on client bills by default.
[El Pais / Alvaro De Cozar / Expatica]