The condition is now known as breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). The FDA believes that women with breast implants that have textured surfaces have a very low but increased risk of developing BIA-ALCL .
What are the best and safest breast implants?
Regular silicone breast implants are the most popular option chosen for several reasons: Good track record of safety and performance. Feel more real and more natural compared to saline implants. Less likely to be visible beneath the skin (develop ripples) compared to saline implants.
Which breast implants are causing problems?
Textured implants, as opposed to those that are uniformly smooth, have been associated with BIA-ALCL, although in some cases the type of device that was implanted is unknown. The disease can arise from implants filled with either saline or silicone, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
What is the safest breast implant on the market?
Both saline and silicone breast implants are considered safe for breast augmentation and breast reconstruction.
How do I know if my breast implants are recalled?
Ask your surgeon or obtain the record of your surgery (operative notes) from the facility where it was performed to find out if you have the affected products. For specific questions about the recalled products, contact the manufacturer, Allergan, at IR-Medcom@allergan.com or call 1-800-678-1605 option #2.
Can a mammogram break an implant?
Very rarely, the mammogram process can rupture an implant. This is another important reason to make sure the mammography facility knows you have implants.
Why do my breast implants hurt 2 years later?
Capsular contracture The most common problem, capsular contracture, occurs when scar tissue, or a “capsule,” forms around an implant and becomes so tight it causes pain. Scar tissue forms whenever implants are surgically placed under breast tissue of chest muscle.
Will Allergan pay for my implant removal?
Are surgery fees covered? No. As part of this program, Allergan will not be providing surgical fee assistance. This decision is aligned with the FDA’s recommendation not to remove textured implants or other types of breast implants in patients who have no symptoms of BIA-ALCL.
Can breast implants last 30 years?
According to the FDA, the longer a person leaves the implants in, the greater the risk for complications. The lifespan of implants vary, but only “few people may keep their original implants for 20 to 30 years,” the FDA wrote. This patient’s implants, shown above, were 40 years old, and one ruptured inside of the body.