Textured Breast Implants Recalled in France but Still Widely Used in Australia – Why?

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If you have been following breast implant  surgery news of late, you may have heard some things about textured breast implants. Textured breast implants have a rough surface which adheres to the tissue that surrounds them, meaning they don’t move around as much as smooth implants. Patients often prefer them when selecting teardrop shaped implants as they restrict the movement or rotation or rippling that can occur, often misshaping the chest.  Additionally textured implants are preferred by many surgeons as they have been shown to reduce the risks of one of the most complications of breast implants, capsular contracture.  These implants are used both in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast.

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What is the issue?

Recently, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that 457 cases of lymphoma had been found in women with breast implants, particularly in women with heavily textured implants.

In France, the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM) has banned textured breast implants removing them from the market in France and Europe. Despite this information and action, textured breast implants are still available here in Australia, even though the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has advised surgeons of the associated risks, and recommended the use of smooth implants instead.

An example of a textured breast implant which has a rougher surface than any other style of implant.

Why are textured implants still being used in Australia?

Currently, roughly 90 percent of breast implants used in Australia are textured. When you consider nearly 40,000 women per year have breast surgery, this is quite a lot of people at risk.

The reasons for why they are still being used aren’t entirely clear; textured foam implants can degenerate over time, sometimes causing chronic inflammation. The main benefits as mentioned above, which lower the risk of needing further surgery in the form of a perfect breast implants in Sydney or breast revision, seems to have outweighed the risks for surgeons and their patients.

Dr. Yunaev and Breast and Body Clinic do not use highly textured breast implants

At Breast and Body Clinic we stopped using highly textured breast implants four years ago when the initial data about an increased risk of a this rare condition called ALCL (a rare type of lymphoma) surfaced. All of the data suggests that the amount of texturing does matter, and we don’t see the same level of risks in lightly textured or nanotextured implants to date.  For these types of implants the benefits of texturing still heavily outweigh the low probability of their risks.  Our team always takes evidence-based clinical decisions into account to protect our patients well ahead of the general curve.

We use lightly textured or nanotextured and smooth walled breast implants, or fat transfer for a more natural feel. If you have a textured implant and are concerned about any possible health risks, we offer a review via our clinic. Further to this, Dr. Yunaev is a Specialist OncoPlastic Surgeon, highly trained with extensive experience and passion for the Benign and Congenital Breast Disease along with Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery and General Surgery. He is very familiar with all issues concerning the above situations and always happy to offer his knowledge to anyone who may be at risk or suffering from any kind of cancer-related circumstance.

If you have textured implants, or are considering breast implants, the team at Breast and Body Clinic can give you all of the information you need.

If you do have textured breast implants, you don’t need to worry or act or have your implants removed. All this means is you should be slightly more thorough about implant health and understand the symptoms of ALCL so you know what to keep an eye out for should potential risks develop.

In the meantime, the TGA will keep everyone updated on any official classifications and risks associated with textured breast implants in Australia. If you are considering implants, talk to the team at Breast and Body Clinic. We keep updated with all of the latest developments and will assess your situation to find the right solution for your needs, while also maintaining the highest level of safety across all of our products and procedures. Call us today.

About The Author - Dr Michael Yunaev

Dr Michael is a Specialist OncoPlastic and Cosmetic Breast and General Surgeon and is the Principal Doctor at Breast & Body Clinic. Dr Yunaev is a highly trained Surgeon with extensive experience and passion for treatment of all aspects of Breast Cancer Surgery, Benign and Congenital Breast Disease and Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery, as well as General Surgery.

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