Textured Implants and Implants Associated with Lymphoma
Breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is a cancer of the immune system that occurs in some women with specific textured implants produced by Allergan. It first appears in the scar tissue and fluids that surround an implant, and then can spread to the rest of the body if not treated rapidly.
Unlike breast cancer, BIA-ALCL is treated by removing your implants and the surrounding scar tissue, with virtually no likelihood of recurrence. However, it is crucial to understand the symptoms and exact causes of BIA-ALCL if you have breast implants.
Which implants are commonly associated with lymphoma?
Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), BIA-ALCL has been diagnosed exclusively in patients with textured implants. A majority of cases occurred in women who specifically had Allergan BIOCELL textured breast implants, though some rare instances occurred with other implants.
At Lyos Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Associates in Houston, Texas, we focus on patient safety and do not offer any textured implants, or any product that has a record of causing any illness, least of all cancer.
Common symptoms of BIA-ALCL include:
- Persistent swelling
- A lump or mass in the area of your breast implant
- Pain surrounding your breast implant
- A lump or thickening in the area of the scar from your implant
BIA-ALCL does not always develop after you receive your implant. Patients have contracted BIA-ALCL years after breast augmentation, so it is vital to watch for these symptoms if you currently have a textured implant. More than likely, the symptoms will be related to something else, but it is always better to check.
How lymphoma is diagnosed?
BIA-ALCL Is diagnosed by a qualified physician and includes a physical exam, imaging, and a possible assessment of the fluid and tissue that surrounds your breast implant. If you are experiencing any symptoms of BIA-ALCL, it is crucial to get a full evaluation, as treating BIA-ALCL can effective when the condition is caught early.
Do I need to get my textured implant removed?
The FDA does not recommend individuals who currently have textured breast implants have them removed, as the risk is quite low. They do, however, recommend keeping a close watch on any symptoms and receiving an evaluation if you notice anything out of the ordinary.
Why choose Dr. Lyos for your breast augmentation?
At Lyos Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Associates, we put patient safety first. All of our breast implants are FDA-approved and have no link to cancer or any other illness, providing a safe way to enhance your breasts. Dr. Lyos is a triple board-certified physician with years of training and experience needed to ensure you get the results you want with the lowest possible risk of complications. We are happy to answer any further questions regarding BIA-ALCL, and we offer implant removal if you received earlier implants that are causing you trouble. Contact us today at (713) 352-7616 to schedule a consultation and see what we can do for you.