Breast Plastic Surgery
The plastic surgeons at UT Southwestern Medical Center are not only trained in the latest breast surgery innovations, we’re also developing them.
Patients can count on us for effective solutions, whether they want to change the size and shape of their breasts for cosmetic reasons or they need breast reconstruction surgery after cancer treatment.
Leading-Edge Breast Surgery Techniques
UT Southwestern has been at the forefront of developments in breast surgery procedures, such as investigating implants, establishing new surgical procedures, and using 3-D technology as a tool when working with patients.
All our surgeons have completed extensive training in plastic surgery, studying for an additional six to nine years after completing their medical school education. Many of our surgeons have passed rigorous written and oral exams to become board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Our faculty members have authored thousands of scientific publications, we teach the next generation of plastic surgeons how to perform procedures, and we conduct extensive research on new technology, materials, and breast surgery techniques.
Important Information for Women with Breast Implants
On March 23, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a press release regarding a rare disorder linked to breast implants: It’s a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and is called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).
Here’s what patients need to know:
- There have been approximately 350 cases of BIA-ALCL in the U.S. associated with breast implants (out of hundreds of thousands of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, many of which involved multiple surgeries).
- BIA-ALCL is not breast cancer but rather a form of a lymphoproliferative disorder (lymphoma) that is very similar to cutaneous ALCL.
- The majority of cases reported have been in textured-surface breast implants. There are 28 cases reported with smooth implants, but most of those patients had a textured-surface implant or tissue expander at one point.
- Women with breast implants have a low but increased risk of developing this condition compared with women without breast implants.
- Most women with BIA-ALCL come in with late-onset (more than 5 years after placement) fluid collection around the implant.
- The majority of cases are treated by removal of the implant and capsule surrounding the implant, which cures the condition.
- Women should be reassured that BIA-ALCL is very rare and very treatable should it occur.
- The condition seems to be associated with textured-surface implants.
- Women should not alter their routine medical care and follow-up.
- Removal of implants in women without symptoms is not recommended.
Patients who have questions should contact their plastic surgeon. We’re happy to see patients with concerns or questions.
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