You have probably seen or heard more news recently on the topic of BIA-ALCL (Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma) – a rare form of lymphoma that is associated with “textured surface” breast implants. Be sure you get current information from reputable sources such as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) or The Plastic Surgery Channel.

Here are a few helpful facts to know about ALCL:

  • For the past 11 years, I have used only smooth surface implants. There are no documented cases of ALCL in smooth surface implants.
  • The most common presentation is gradual swelling of the breast many years following implant placement.
  • This rare condition can be readily treated with removal of the implant and surrounding scar pocket.
  • There is no reason to have your implants removed or replaced if you have textured implants unless you develop swelling or other problems.

I am one of the leading investigators on all of the ALCL committees. If you have questions, we would be happy to schedule a consultation with you to discuss any concerns you may have. 317.575.0330

Following are two resources with more information about ALCL: