Breast implant review

Breast Clinic

If you have breast implants it is important for you to have regular implant heath checks.

There is no set time frame for when you need an MRI or ultrasound for your breast implants. However, if you develop any symptoms or have concerns you should check in with your consultant and arrange an ultrasound through them.

If you are over 40, you must continue to have your annual breast screening done.

What are the conditions you could possibly incur?

With implants you need to have them checked regularly. Any changes may indicate either a rupture of the implant or BIA-ALCL.

Basis of breast awareness

If you showcase any of the following symptoms this could indicate a rupture of your implant and you should visit your consultant:

  • lumps or swelling in and around the breast region
  • a change in the shape of the breast
  • redness around the breast
  • pain and tenderness or a burning sensation in the breast area
  • enlarged lymph nodes in the armpit

If you have PIP implants, which contain unapproved silicone gel manufactured by French company Poly Implant Prostheses (PIP), NHS states that they are 2 to 6 times more likely to rupture than standard silicone implants.

BIA-ALCL

Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is a rare type of lymphoma that is found to be associated with breast implant (silicone or saline). It is a rare subtype of T-cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL), one of four sub-types of ALCL found in a small number of cases world-wide.

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