There is a new issue about silicone breast implants. Even if the study is not complete or really conclusive but the possible link between ALCL and silicone breast implants is causing a lot of inquiries and worries among patients with breast implants.
Following yesterday’s reported article in The Straits Times publication, we have received many phone calls and emails from our patients wanting to know more about this and how safe they are.
According to Dr Marco Faria-Correa, who practices at the Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, Specialist Medical Centre, there is indeed a worldwide study suggesting a possible link. The study shows there are a few cases in various countries. For example, Australia has reported around 40 plus cases related to ALCL, and in France, around 18 cases. So far, the numbers are not statistically significant to cause any alarm. Removal of implants is not medically recommended for all patients. It only applies to those presenting with late seroma (liquid formation around the capsule) or any breast screening like ultrasound or mammogram showing any suspicious lesion.
Even though there is no medical indication for the formal removal of implants, we are seeing an increasing number of ladies coming to us, asking to remove old implants and refilling their breasts with their own fat.
We are attentive to the new progress of the study, and we will keep you updated about the latest scientific information and the medical authorities’ recommendations.
We follow the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) guidelines for the “ Best Practices” for Breast Implant-Associated ALCL.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this post is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, it is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your plastic surgeon or other qualified healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or discontinuing an existing treatment. Always speak to your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a procedure.