A petite blonde attempted to sell of her used breast implants on eBay for AUD$850 after getting new ones for her birthday.
eBay user misslovegemma from Surrey said she was selling the seven-year-old implants, put in just before her 18th birthday, "due to replacement".
"Here I have used 7 year old breast implants that were put in by Harley street surgeon," she wrote in her ad.
“I had surgery before my 18th birthday and changed recently before my 25th birthday. Any questions please ask.
“Selling due to replacement.”
The enterprising eBay seller asked for $850 for the implants, but said she'd throw in postage and packaging for free.
Misslovegemma posted a variety of shots of her "modelling" the implants before they were whipped out and replaced alongside close-up snaps of the implants themselves.
It appears to be misslovegemma’s first foray into cosmetic items who usually sells her size eight cast-offs starting from £5.
But baffled cosmetic surgery experts have warned that second-hand implants could pose a serious health risk.
"While there is nothing stopping someone selling their used implants and someone buying them, to re-use them as such would be extremely ill thought off and I cannot fathom any responsible surgeon or provider doing so," London cosmetic doctor Dr Dan Dhunna said.
“Patient safety is paramount and the PIP Breast implant scandal [in which implants have been linked to cancer] should act as an omen to anyone even contemplating cutting corners.
“Implants themselves are sterile medical devices and no manufacturer recommends their reuse, even for the same patient.
“It is customary that should for whatever reason an implant need removing that it is replaced by a fresh one.
“To consider sterilising a used implant can damage it which may lead to leaking of the internal silicone.
“Implants cost on average about £600 a pair to the surgeon or clinic but are sold as part of the operative and recovery service, including surgeons, anaesthetists and hospital fees, to the patient at anything from £4,000 to £6,000 on average.
“It may be tempting for someone to take these implants abroad to places like Thailand where back street breast surgery is easily available but aside for the obvious issues with this, the implants themselves may be contaminated by something called a bacterial biofilm and should they be re-implanted could cause infective problems.
“Breast may be best but used implants are clinical waste and should be disposed of as such.”
Founder of the Safety In Beauty campaign, Antonia Mariconda, said: “The practise of selling used medical devices is entirely shunned upon in the medical communities.
“No reputable surgeon would ever consider re-inserting second-hand breast implants within a patient – the potentials health risks are catastrophic.”
eBay said that sales of breast implants, whether new or used, is prohibited under eBay's Medical Devices Policy and the listing had been removed.
An eBay spokesman said: “We ask our members to make sure their listing follows our guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed.”
With Caters News.