Get Rid of Your BIOCELL® Breast Implants

Have you heard about the news related to BIOCELL breast implants? Recent medical reports indicate that BIOCELL textured breast implants may be associated with breast-implant-related cancer, technically known as BIA-ALCL. BIA-ALCL stands for Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, which is a type of cancer of the immune system.

According to current reports, there are 25 confirmed incidents of women with BIA-ALCL in Canada, and a staggering 23 of these are associated with BIOCELL breast implants. In the US, 89% of BIA-ALCL cases have been associated with BIOCELL. And in France, the majority of the 53 confirmed cases of BIA-ALCL that exist are also associated with BIOCELL. There is an undeniable link.


BIOCELL is the name of the textured shell that is made with NATRELLE® breast implants. Manufactured by Allergan, this textured shell is designed to help keep the implant in place once inserted into the body (unlike smooth implant shells, which are believed to move around and thus increase the risk of rotation, displacement and unwanted shifting). It does this because BIOCELL is constructed with a rough surface to which tissue can adhere, so the implant stays put where the surgeon places it.

Textured breast implants were introduced to the market over 30 years ago, and were popular for about a decade. However, in recent times textured implants are no longer as popular. Today, the majority of women getting breast augmentation receive smooth implants, which have never been associated with BIA-ALCL. This is fortunate, because you may be at a higher risk of developing BIA-ALCL if you have BIOCELL implants. In fact, Dr. Kara has known about the link for several years now. That's why he never uses BIOCELL.

Allergan offers textured surfaces for round and teardrop implant shapes. Both the NATRELLE 410 and NATRELLE INSPIRA are constructed with smooth or BIOCELL textured surfaces. The NATRELLE Classic Round implant does not come with BIOCELL.

Do you have BIOCELL implants manufactured by Allergan?

If you do, it may be safer to have them removed and replaced — even in if you aren't experiencing any complications at the moment. Why put yourself at risk of developing this devastating cancer?

Evening and weekend consultation and surgery times available.

Dr Kara is a board certified plastic surgeon with over 27 years of experience performing breast augmentation, breast explantation and breast implant replacement. He specializes in techniques that reduce recovery times so you can get back to normal life faster.