Allergan Textured Breast Implants
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In response to recent media coverage regarding breast implant safety, we have contacted our Allergan Textured Breast Implant patients to provide updated information regarding the most recent developments, but are happy to answer any questions you might have. We like to remind our patients that we offer complimentary follow-up appointments and invite you to schedule a visit if you have not been seen by us in the last 1-2 years.
Like any medical device, breast implants are not necessarily lifetime devices. They may require replacement or removal at some point during your lifetime, depending on your age when you had them implanted.
You may have seen stories in the media that there have been reports of a very rare lymphoma (ALCL) occurring in the breasts of women with textured silicone implants. This condition usually presents with a very obvious swelling of one or both breasts. Fortunately, this condition is curable by removal of the connective tissue capsule that forms around the implant. The FDA has been monitoring these occurrences and has issued statements and recommendations. The FDA recommends regular follow ups with your plastic surgeon.
At the Plastic Surgery Center of Nashville, we recommend that you call our office if you notice any significant changes in your breasts, such as swelling, significant pain, new asymmetry, or changes in the implants themselves. The vast majority of the time, these types of issues do not represent anything serious, but any change warrants evaluation.
Your breast health is important. In alignment with the American Cancer Society’s recommendations for mammograms and self-breast exams, we recommend monthly self-breast exams and a yearly physician-administered formal breast exam, with our office or your primary care physician. If you have not been seen by one of our physicians in the last few years, please call our office to schedule a complimentary follow-up visit at (615)467-6777.