If you’re one of the millions of women in the US who have had breast implants, or have considered having a breast augmentation done, you’ve probably already heard about the recent recall with textured breast implants. As skilled professionals in cosmetic surgery, we’re here to help you learn the truth behind this recall and if you should have them removed.
Hundreds of thousands of women safely have breast implants done every year without any serious complications. However, textured breast implants have become too risky for patients, and have been recalled by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but not all are recommended to be removed.
As of late July, one of the largest breast implant manufacturers, Allergan, voluntarily issued a recall of their textured breast implants due to an increased risk of BIA-ALCL. According to the FDA, they have “received a total of 573 US and global medical device reports (MDRs) of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)”.
While 573 cases are still extremely rare in comparison to the millions of breast augmentations performed, we’re here to be a resource by sorting through the facts and sharing the statistics with you.
What is BIA-ALCL?
Although BIA-ALCL (also known as breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma) is associated with the implantation of textured breast implants, it is not considered breast cancer. It’s a cancer of the immune system that is most commonly caused by the scar tissue formed around the breast implants. It’s curable in most patients if it is caught in time.
Who Is At Risk?
Typically, most women experience swelling of the breast after an implant surgery due to the nature of the procedure. While this is considered normal in most cases, there are a couple of symptoms to take note of.
The following symptoms should be consulted by a board-certified plastic surgeon:
- swelling of the breast several years after surgery
- painful or noticeable lumps in the breast or armpits
Should You Have Your Textured Breast Implants Removed?
With the rarity of cases reported, the FDA is not recommending that all implants be removed unless you’re experiencing symptoms. Click here to learn more about potential concerns relating to your symptoms from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
While it may not be necessary to remove your textured breast implants, paying close attention to any potential symptoms and possibly consulting with your plastic surgeon is highly recommended. If you or someone you know has textured breast implants, schedule a consultation today with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Lett, in Mt. Juliet or Lebanon to have your questions answered and concerns addressed personally.