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The Withdrawal of Textured Implants - What's Going On?

As you'll likely have seen in the media throughout December, some textured breast implants manufactured by Allergan have been withdrawn from the EU market place.

The Withdrawal of Textured Implants - What's Going On?

As you'll likely have seen in the media throughout December, some textured breast implants manufactured by Allergan have been withdrawn from the EU market place.

A full statement has been issued by the British Association of Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and can be found here

Over recent years, plastic surgeons have become aware of and studied a known link between breast implants that have a textured surface and the condition Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). Due to the current limits of the early research, a decision has been taken not to renew the European seal of approval on Allergan's Natrelle® implants with a surface called Biocell® which were due for periodic re-certification. 

It is important to note that BIA-ALCL is rare and, usually, eminently treatable. Current research suggests the risk of developing this condition in the UK is approximately 1 in 24,000 breast implants sold. For comparison the general incidence of breast cancer in the UK is 1 in 9 and affects women with and without breast implants equally. More guidance on BIA-ALCL can be found here.

BAAPS president, Paul Harris, has said in his statement that "there will be a cause for understandable concern for many patients, particularly those who have implants currently in place. It is important however to recognise that this is a pre-cautionary step taken by the regulators whilst the link between breast implant surface and BIA-ALCL becomes clear.”

The association advises that concerned patients need not take any action at this stage. There is no need to remove or exchange any current implants based on the most up-to-date scientific data available. Indeed, unnecessary surgery may cause additional harm in a small number of patients.

As per the advice from BAAPS, we will not be using Allergan textured implants here at The Westbourne Centre until more information is made available. We would invite any previous patients who would like to discuss their concerns in more details, to contact us to make a follow up appointment with their consultant. Please call us on 0121 456 0897 and we'll be happy to help. 

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