Recently, Allergen recalled their Natrelle BIOCELL textured implants because of a possible link between the implants and a rare Lymphoma called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). This is not breast cancer, but a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, or cancer of the immune system. While a breast implant recall can be concerning for anyone who has undergone the breast augmentation, here’s what you should know to get some peace-of-mind.
This rare type of lymphoma has only been linked to textured implants, specifically Allergen’s macro-textured implants. Textured implants are often used because they stay in place more effectively, reducing the risk of an implant turning or flipping. However, many surgeons do not offer the textured implants anymore, due to rare but possible health risks. If you had smooth implants placed, you likely have nothing to worry about when it comes to your risk of developing lymphoma. If you are unsure of what type of implants you have, contact your plastic surgeon.
If you know you have textured implants, your chance of developing this type of lymphoma is still very rare, but you will want to check with your surgeon to determine if the Allergen implants were used or not. If you do have Allergen textured implants, and do not display any signs of lymphoma, it is still not recommended to have your implants removed because the risk is still very low. Symptoms of BIA-ALCL include swelling or pain near the breast implant. If you do experience these symptoms, talk to your doctor about further examination and a possible implant removal with your plastic surgeon.
If you display symptoms of BIA-ALCL, you may require implant removal. During implant removal, incisions will be made over your existing scars. The implants will then be removed and can be replaced with your choice of different implants.