Allergan recently announced the recall of all of their Biocell textured breast implants. What does that mean if you have breast implants?
It is important to be educated on why these implants are being recalled. A rare form of lymphoma called BIA-ALCL (breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma) is a rare lymphoma. It is primarily associated with textured breast implants and most commonly with Allergan textured implants, although not exclusively.
If you have smooth implants you don’t need to worry. If you have textured implants but don’t have any symptoms, there is no reason to remove or replace your implants. If you have swelling, hardening or new masses, you should be seen by your plastic surgeon. If you are still concerned, you might consider replacing your implants with smooth implants.
We have primarily used smooth implants over the years but have used textured implants in breast reconstruction or for patients with a history of capsular contracture. All shaped implants are textured.
It is important to continue getting mammograms and monthly self breast exams. We like to see our breast implant patients (cosmetic and reconstructive) yearly or more often as needed.
We are always available if you have any questions about your implants.