Allergan has issued a recall of their BIOCELL™ textured breast implants on the recommendation of the FDA, due to a correlation between textured implants and the development of Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).
The FDA does not at this time recommend removing your textured implants if you don’t have any signs of BIA-ALCL. However, should you wish to err on the side of caution and replace them with smooth implants, Allergan will pay for the cost of the replacement implant. Allergan will not, however, pay the cost of the surgery itself.
If you want to replace your BIOCELL™ textured breast implants with FDA-approved smooth implants, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Angelo Cuzalina today at 918-392-7900 for your consultation.
ALCL is a type of cancer of the lymphatic system. It is extremely rare, and while it can be fatal, it can be treated effectively when caught early. Older women are at a higher risk of developing it, and it has been linked to textured breast implants. There has not been a link found between smooth implants and ALCL.
Although the risk of developing ALCL is very low, the link is there, which is why the FDA recommended a recall of textured breast implants. However, if you are not showing signs of developing ALCL, the FDA does not recommend removing your textured implants.
It is up to you whether you want to exchange your textured implants for smooth ones, or keep them. We completely understand if you don’t feel comfortable with textured implants after this recall, and Dr. Cuzalina will perform an implant exchange for you.
Allergan will pay for the cost of your new, smooth implant. However, they will not pay the cost of the surgery, so you will have to pay for that yourself. Dr. Cuzalina offers flexible financing plans for patients, so that they can have surgery without worrying about saving up for years. Allergan is only offering to provide replacement implants for free until July 24, 2021.
If you opt to keep your textured breast implants, you will remain covered under Allergan’s ConfidencePlus warranty, which covers a portion of diagnostic and surgical fees related to ALCL. Specifically, you can get reimbursed for:
Dr. Cuzalina takes the health of his patients very seriously. He will no longer offer BIOCELL™ textured implants, and he will perform implant removal or exchange for any patient who wants it. He will be happy to explain your options in more detail during your consultation, including further information about the risks of developing ALCL.
If you have textured breast implants that you want to proactively exchange, call Dr. Cuzalina today at 918-392-7900 to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in Tulsa and surrounding areas of Oklahoma.