Over 1,500 cases of burst implants were reported in 2012/2013, compared to just 293 in 2009/2010, according to new figures.
Mr Douglas McGeorge, a plastic surgeon and former BAAPS president, told The Sun many women are still insisting on over-sized breast implants and suggested problems in recent years where some cheaper implants were not up to standard and were ‘prone to failure’.
Problems reported in the past few years come following the French firm Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) being exposed globally for manufacturing implants using industrial grade silicone.
Almost 50,000 women in the UK alone were affected by the well-documented scandal, which came to the attention of the world after surgeons and doctors found worryingly high numbers of breast implants were rupturing.
In 2012 and 2013, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency received 2,427 reports of problems with augmented breasts, with 1,543 of these relating to implant ruptures.