Breast implants are prosthetics that are used to alter the shape, size, and contour of a person’s breasts. They are commonly used for breast reconstruction in women after breast cancer surgery or for correction of deformities from birth. They are also used to augment the natural appearance of breasts in women seeking cosmetic enhancements. Getting breast implants is increasingly common and patients have been seeing positive results. However, recent developments have led to a correlation between breast implants and BIA-ALCL (Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma).
There has been an increased incidence of BIA-ALCL reported mainly in America, Europe, and Australia over the years and Singapore has seen it’s first case recently. What is this condition and how does it affect patients who have been diagnosed or who are at risk of being exposed? Here are facts and concerns surrounding BIA-ALCL and the relation to other potential issues regarding breast implants.
Excess fat can often be unnecessary, but in the case of breast augmentation, a patient’s own fat can be helpful to reshape the body. Breast implants are also an option for women who are looking to enhance the shape of their breasts. It may be worth learning about both fat transfer and breast implants to find out which is more appropriate for your situation.
Dr Colin Tham is a plastic surgeon who answered a question from a DoctorxDentist reader about fat transfer versus breast implants. Here are some key takeaways.