At The Cosmetic Concierge, the health and well-being of our clients is our top priority. We only use and advocate for the safest products on the market, which is why Dr. Hope Sherie has been an advocate of smooth breast implants from day one. She prefers them greatly over the shaped, rough textured variety to provide clients with safe, natural-looking results. An important health warning from the FDA supports her decision.
FDA Study Links Textured Implants and Rare Cancer
The FDA published a notice indicating that there is an increased risk of women developing a rare form of breast cancer with the textured implants. The cancer is called Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL. Dr. Sherie has always felt that rough-textured implants would encourage over-scarring and inflammation; the FDA’s warning underscores her suspicions about them.
Plus, she isn’t fond of the aesthetics of textured implants. Having your breasts shaped the same whether you are lying down or upright is an instant giveaway, in her opinion. Thankfully, clients at The Cosmetic Concierge do not have to worry about the potential cancer risk — the smooth, round implants we use were not linked to BIA-ALCL – or their appearance post-surgery.
Women Need to Make Informed Health Decisions
While the FDA acknowledged that the occurrence of BIA-ALCL related to textured implants is rare, it is important for women to have the facts when deciding which breast implants to use. The agency does not recommend women remove their textured implants if they already have them; however, if any swelling or lumps are detected within the armpit or breast tissue, an immediate medical check-up is needed. According to the study, BIA-ALCL can appear anywhere from 3 to 14 years after the initial surgery, so patients must receive regular breast exams.
- This is a rare kind of lymphoma that develops within the fluid surrounding the breast implant and not in the breast tissue. It is typically contained by the fibrous capsule surrounding the implants.
- BIA-ALCL commonly presents as a swelling of the breast and may first occur 3 to 14 years after the textured breast implants were first inserted. It may additionally present as a lump in the armpit or breast region.
- Currently no BIA-ALCL confirmed cases in patients with smooth breast implants
- BIA-ALCL is considered rare compared to the number of breast implant procedures done
- The risk is approximately 1 in 5000 women with textured implants may develop BIA-ALCL while approximately 1 in 8 women may develop a form of breast cancer.
Book Your Breast Consultation at The Cosmetic Concierge
It is important that you be well-informed when making any surgical decision. If you are considering breast implants, we’d like to help you safely achieve your appearance goals. Schedule a consultation appointment with us today. Dr. Sherie and her team at The Cosmetic Concierge will explain the process in detail, then walk you through every step with confidence, professionalism and the highest standard of care. Call 980-938-0459 to set your appointment, or use the Contact form on our website. We look forward to hearing from you.