breast implant safety

Breast augmentation with implants is one of the most common cosmetic procedures carried out throughout the world and it has remained one of the most popular procedures for decades, but once again breast augmentation and breast implant safety has hit the news for their potential risks for patients.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has recently provided a statement following the removal of Allergan’s Natrelle implants from the market. As the implants failed to gain the CE mark of approval, surgeons are no longer able to use them until further notice. So, should patients who have these implants be worried about their sudden removal from the market and should it make patients think twice about undergoing breast enlargement?

Why have Allergan’s Natrelle breast implants been removed?

Allergen Natrelle implants have been removed from the market due to concerns over their textured surface.

Over the years, there have been numerous studies conducted to determine the risk between implants with a textured surface and a condition known as Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). Although the condition is rare, affecting approximately 1 in every 24,000 breast implant procedures, measures still need to be taken to monitor textured implants to ensure they meet recommended guidelines.

All textured implants are manufactured differently, with some posing more of a risk than others. The Allergen Natrelle implants have been identified as posing a potentially increased risk, which is why the CE mark has been withdrawn.

What BAAPS has to say on breast implant safety

The BAAPS has released a statement following the removal of the Allergen Natrelle implants, claiming patients shouldn’t be too alarmed. The removal of the implants has been done as a precautionary measure until further data is provided by Allergen. The BAAPS has also advised its members not to use these implants until further notice.

The smooth implants supplied by Allergen have had their CE mark renewed, meaning they don’t pose any risks. They were also keen to point out that textured implants from other manufacturers aren’t affected.

Are breast implants really safe?

Although the news that Allergen’s Natrelle implants have been temporarily removed from the market may be concerning to patients, on the whole textured implants are safe to use. There are fewer risks and complications associated with the procedure today than there ever has been.

Those thinking of undergoing breast augmentation, should book a consultation with a qualified cosmetic surgeon. They will be able to explain the type of implants they will be using and highlight any risks and complications you need to be aware of before you make an informed decision on whether to go ahead or not.

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