BIA ALCL News – Associated with textured Breast Implants

What is BIA-ALCL ?

Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma

BIA-ALCL is NOT breast cancer.  Breast cancer forms from cells in the breast. BIA-ALCL is a rare cancer of the body’s disease-fighting lymphatic system and will usually grow in the fluid and internal scar tissue that develops around the breast implant. In minimal instances, BIA-ALCL can take the form of a lump in the breast or armpit region.

ALCL and implants

Expert opinions have estimated the risk of BIA-ALCL is between 1-in-1,000 and 1-in-10,000.  To put this in perspective – 1 in 9 women will be diagnosed with actual breast cancer in their lifetime.

Although few fatalities have been recorded, the majority of cases can be cured by removing the implant and the capsule surrounding it.

Experts are currently advising to leave implants in the body if there are no problems and there is no confirmed diagnosis of ALCL.

BIA-ALCL is more likely to occur in implants with a TEXTURED surface.  To date, smooth implants have NOT been associated with this condition.

The TGA is proposing to either cancel or suspend particular implants from the “textured” ranges.  They are still investigating and will release

further details shortly.

For more information here is the full TGA update on BIA-ALCL.

More Information on BIA-ALCL

Breast implant-associated cancer Information on diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of from the TGA.

What can I do to check if I’m at risk?

Although it is very unlikely that any problems are linked to ALCL.  Other complications are more likely and are easily fixed if you consult with your GP or Surgeon.

If you have any paperwork relating to your surgery, you may find information regarding your implants.  If not, always call the surgeon who performed your surgery.  Records can be checked and review appointments booked if necessary.

If you are a patient of Dr Craig Rubinstein and need further information please phone 1300 264 811

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About Dr Craig Rubinstein – Plastic Surgeon

Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein – Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne

Dr Craig Rubinstein is one of Melbourne’s Best Specialist Plastic Surgeons for breast and tummy surgery. He has been rated as a TOP 3 Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne and rated a Top 5 Plastic Surgeon on the “Best in Australia” website. Dr Rubinstein offers women personalised abdominoplasty surgery and all forms of cosmetic breast surgery. He uses only the highest quality Breast Implants and is renowned for his natural-looking and long-lasting results.

He is dedicated to the best surgical planning, committed to patient education and premium patient care throughout the surgery and recovery process. He prioritises the desired outcomes for each patient while maintaining the highest levels of patient care. Dr Rubinstein is meticulous in his surgical approach and uses the BEST Surgical Support Team. He has over 25 years of experience in providing high-quality results which reflect his ongoing training, education and experience.

Dr Rubinstein also firmly believes that “the best time to get plastic surgery right is the first time”. He prefers that patients get the surgical results they desire from their first surgery, rather than from complex and often costly revision procedures.  

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