We received news yesterday that Allergan Inc. has recalled its “Biocell” textured breast implants worldwide because of an association discovered between the rough (textured) surface and a rare lymphoma (ALCL) that can occur in the capsule around the implant. The disease is very rare and usually can be cured with removal of the capsule; however, if left untreated it can be fatal. If you have these textured implants and have no symptoms, the FDA does not recommended they be removed (similar to the directive on polyurethane coated implants in the 1980s, which were not required to be removed after being taken off the market). This is the least likely problem you will have with any breast implant, and I agree with this advice given the current scientific data. Also, this does not apply to any smooth surfaced implant, which represents 95% of the breast implants in use in the United States today. If you have any concerns, or any symptoms with regards to your breast implants, then we would recommend a consultation with a Board Certified plastic surgeon. If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Samson, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, who has been performing Breast Implant Surgeries for 20 years, please contact our office at 386-756-9400.