Recently, many women around the world, including a number of my patients, have become concerned to learn that textured breast implants made by Allergan that have been linked to an unusual type of cancer are being recalled in the United States at the request of the Food and Drug Administration. These textured implants will also be recalled globally.
According to an announcement by the FDA, the recall concerns Allergan’s BIOCELL textured breast implants and tissue expanders. You can read the FDA announcement here.
I only use smooth, not textured, breast implants in my practice
I agree that this is cause for concern, certainly for those women with textured breast implants. To reassure all of my patients with breast implants, as well as those who are considering getting breast implants, I want to state very clearly:
I only use smooth implants for my patients, not textured ones. Therefore, none of my patients have to worry about the Allergan BIOCELL recall. However, if my patients have friends or family members who do have textured implants, such as the tear drop variety, I am happy to meet with them in consult and offer advice.
If you currently have Allergan BIOCELL textured breast implants, Allergan will replace them with smooth implants FOR FREE.
Allergan has recently released a statement detailing their offer to replace the recalled BIOCELL textured breast implants with Allergan smooth implants at no charge.* Below is a short synopsis. To read the entire statement with Frequently Asked Questions, click here.
“For patients in the U.S. who, as a result of the recall announcement on July 24, 2019, choose to replace their BIOCELL® textured devices with smooth devices in consultation with their plastic surgeon, Allergan will provide Allergan smooth device replacements for free. The program will run for 24 months, until July 24, 2021, and will apply to revision surgeries on or after the date of the recall announcement, July 24, 2019.”
*Note: The patient would still have to pay surgical and operating room fees.
For my patients who want breast augmentation, I offer three types of breast implants, all safe
There are three types of breast implants available in the United States today:
- Silicone breast implants that are filled with silicone gel
- Saline breast implants that are filled with saline (sterile saltwater)
- Structured, saline-filled implants that combine silicone gel and saline
Most women (and most plastic surgeons, myself included) prefer the look and feel of structured or silicone implants, both of which are generally considered to be more like real breast tissue. Saline implants are more prone to cause rippling of the skin. To learn more about the range of breast augmentation procedures I offer, click here.
To give you more information about the three types of breast implants, I’ve published a blog explaining all three options, which you can read here.
5 highly informative blogs about the safety of breast implants
So that you can be fully informed on this important subject, I’ve written several blogs explaining the safety of breast implants:
- Are Breast Implants Safe? Yes And Here’s Why
- When Was The Last Time You Had Your Breast Implants Checked?
- Do You Have Textured Breast Implants? Here’s Why You Should Contact Your Surgeon.
- Wondering If Your Breast Implants Are Safe? This Video Explains Why They Are.
- Addressing Recent Reports About The Safety of Textured Breast Implants
If you have breast implants, particularly textured ones, you should call your surgeon or come see me for an exam
If you have breast implants — saline, silicone, structured or textured — it’s important to get them checked for ruptures, slippage, leakage, swelling, the previously-mentioned rare cancer or any other potential problems. For all of my patients with implants, I strongly recommend getting them checked once a year. If you have textured implants (the subject of the Allergan recall), you should act even sooner — get them checked right away.
Symptoms of potential problems include:
- breast asymmetry
If you are experiencing of these symptoms, consult your plastic surgeon right away. However, if there are no symptoms, there is no reason to remove the implants.
When I am asked if breast implants are safe, my answer is yes
In over 20 years of performing breast implant surgery in my plastic surgery practice, I have encountered very few complications. In fact, for many women who want larger breasts, or want the size and shape of their breasts to match, or have had a mastectomy and are seeking breast reconstruction, breast implants are a highly satisfying solution. Also, it’s worth noting that according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast implant surgery is the top cosmetic surgery performed.
Considering breast implants?
If you are thinking about having breast implant surgery and would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact me and I will send you additional information prior to your appointment. I specialize in the most advanced techniques of breast augmentation surgery and am ready to help you achieve your goals.
I will assess the current appearance of your breasts, your reasons for wanting surgery, and your expectations. Then together, we will decide which breast procedure will bring you the results you’re looking for.
Learn more about the breast procedures I offer
There is lots of information on my website about the many breast procedures available to you so you can be fully informed prior to your decision:
- Breast Procedures
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Lift
- Breast Reconstruction
- Breast Reduction
- Breast Revision
Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), Samuel J. Beran, MD is a highly accomplished plastic surgeon with offices in Manhattan, Harrison and Mount Kisco, NY. With more than 20 years’ experience and a thorough command of the most advanced techniques and technologies, Dr. Beran consistently provides his patients with the highest level of plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, face, skin and body. Recently, Dr. Beran was named a “Top Doctor” by RealSelf for his dedication to responding to consumer questions and patient feedback. The “Top Doctor” designation is awarded to less than 10% of the RealSelf physician community.