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Health News About Breast Implants from ASPS

In response to recent FDA safety reports, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has provided some informational resources for patients who have breast implants.

Online Resources:

  • ASPS Collaborates with FDA Review of Breast Implants
  • FDA review indicates possible association between breast implants and a rare lymphoma
  • FDA Medical Device Safety Communication “Reports of Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) in Women with Breast Implants”
  • FDA White Paper “Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) In Women with Breast Implants: Preliminary FDA Findings & Analyses”

Important Facts to Know

  • ALCL is extremely rare – of the estimated 10 million breast implants worldwide, only 34 cases of ALCL have been reported since 1989.
  • The FDA believes that any potential risk that women with breast implants will develop ALCL is extremely low.
  • A woman is more likely to be struck by lightning than get this condition.
  • Both the FDA and ASPS are confident that breast implants remain safe and effective.

What Should I Do?

  • If you have implants, continue your normal routine in medical care.
  • Watch for unusual changes. If you notice unusual pain or swelling, contact an ASPS member plastic surgeon.
  • As always, those considering breast implant surgery should discuss any potential benefits or risks with an ASPS Member Surgeon.
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