Update: Textured Breast Implants

Chances are you’ve been seeing some pretty intense headlines surrounding textured breast implants with terms like ban and recall being tossed about. If you haven’t been following this storyline in the news for the past few months, you can get up to speed here.

As of yesterday afternoon, Health Canada suspended the license for Biocell macro-textured breast implants and they will no longer be sold in Canada. This decision is based on an ongoing safety review of breast implants and the rare but serious risk of Breast implant-associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).

We know this is a complicated issue and can lead to a lot of questions and worry. Here are the most important things you need to know right now:

  • Health Canada is not recommending the removal of textured breast implants if you are not experiencing any symptoms. Any concerns about your risk should be discussed with your surgeon.
  • The manufacturer, Allergan, has agreed to a voluntary recall of all unused Biocell devices. This does not affect implants that are in use or any other breast implant products.
  • If you’re unsure about the type of breast implant you have, you can contact your surgeon or the manufacturer directly:
    • Allergan: 1-800-668-6424
    • Mentor/Johnson & Johnson: 1-800-668-9045  

For more information about the risks of textured implants read our blog post or see Health Canada’s page on breast implants.

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