Update on Breast Implants

Update on Breast Implants

Last week the TGA announced its review of textured breast implants and we would like to provide our patients with some more information regarding this announcement.

The TGA announcement refers to a rare form of lymphoma (ALCL) and the most recent data shows the risk of this rare lymphoma varies from 1: 1,000 up to 1: 86,000, depending on the type of textured surface of the implant. It is also important to note that ALCL is not a breast cancer.

As over 90% of breast implants used by Dr Hunt have been micro textured implants, it is important to highlight the difference between macro and micro textured implants. The risk of ALCL with micro textured implants is 1: 56,000 to 1:86,000, compared to macro textured implants which currently stand at 1: 1,000 to 1: 10,000. Therefore, the grouping of all textured implants into one category does not accurately reflect the risk of ALCL.

ALCL is generally observed in women 7-10 years after their surgery and often presents as a swelling or a lump. To date, there have been 96 cases reported in Australia and the TGA has advised that the majority of these cases were cured by removal of the implant.

What does this mean for our patients?

It is important to note that the TGA announcement does not suggest that those patients who have textured breast implants require any immediate medical attention. The TGA states that “because BIA-ALCL is rare, experts do not recommend removal of breast implants where there are no problems with the implant.”

We recommend that patients should monitor their implants with regular ultrasounds – something we have always encourage patients to do. There is no suggestion that these implants need to be removed at present. If you are concerned about your breast implants, particularly swelling or hardening, then you should seek medical advice from your GP, or if you had your surgery with Dr Hunt you can contact us on 02 9327 1733.

Need more information?

For more information on this announcement, please visit the TGA website. To read more about the TGA’s information for consumers regarding ALCL, please click here.

The Australia Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has released a statement providing more information on the TGA and textured implants. To read the statement, click here.

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