Get Rid of Your Allergan 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.


Dr. Kara feels that there is NO cause for alarm if you have no symptoms, especially in the patients with smooth surface implants (zero ALCL cases) which make up 99.99% of the cases he has done in over 20 years of practice. He has done the textured implants that have a known ALCL risk in only on “one or two” patients based on special requests for “tear drop” implants and they are or will be contacted. We are happy to see and provide consultation and advice for ANY and ALL patients, including those not operated on by Dr Kara. This is at no cost to you. Please feel free to contact us at info@drkaraplasticsurgery.com. The ideal choice for concerned patients would be to contact their own plastic surgeon.

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.

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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.