Breast Implant Removal
Some women decide after having breast implants for several years to have them removed for various reasons (implant rupture, hardening of the implants, etc…). However, a rare condition, called Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (abbreviated as BIA-ALCL) is a form of T-cell lymphoma that occurs after patients have breast implants. It is NOT breast cancer but rather a cancer of the immune system. The TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) has decided to take regulatory action in relation to all un-implanted breast implants and tissue expanders sold in Australia. If your implants have been cancelled, suspended or recalled it is NOT advised to have them removed unless you have concerning symptoms.
The main symptoms of BIA-ALCL are swelling, presence of a mass or pain in the breast in the area of the implant. These symptoms may and often occur three to fourteen years after implant placement. The most common symptom of swelling is associated with excessive fluid accumulation around the breast implant. The diagnosis is made by draining the fluid with a small needle for testing. It is a treatable condition. If you would like to learn about BIA-ALCL go to https://tga.gov.au or contact your surgeon.
If you require additional information please contact us today to discuss concerns and options.