FDA Allergan BIOCELL Breast Implant Recall

On July 24, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voluntarily recalled Allergan BIOCELL textured implants and tissue expanders from the market. This type of texturing may be linked to a rare disease called Breast Implant-Associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). According to the FDA, an analysis was attributed to a worldwide reported total of 573 unique BIA-ALCL cases including 33 patient deaths.

Please see the original press release for reference:


What is being recalled?

BIOCELL® textured breast implants and tissue expanders. According to the FDA, Allergan is taking this action as a precaution following notification of recently updated global safety information concerning the uncommon incidence of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). BIOCELL®saline-filled and silicone-filled textured breast implants and tissue expanders will no longer be distributed or sold in any market where they are currently available. Effective immediately, healthcare providers should no longer implant new BIOCELL® textured breast implants and tissue expanders and unused products should be returned to Allergan.

Specifically, these breast implant products are being recalled:

How do patients with these types of implants move forward?

Be aware of your options, contact your surgeon if you are experiencing any discomfort or concerns. According to the FDA, anyone with these types of implants is advised to speak with their plastic surgeon about the risks and benefits of their implant type.

What are your options?

Our female patients consider fat transfer as an alternative to breast implants. Fat is harvested by liposuction from other parts of the body to inject into the breasts. This is a safer alternative to breast implants, without implants, placed and a great option for women who desire a natural result. 

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