Breast Plastic Surgery

Patients can count on us for effective solutions whether they want to change the size and shape of their breasts for cosmetic reasons or whether they need breast reconstruction surgery after cancer treatment.

Our board-certified plastic surgeons are not only trained in the latest innovations regarding breast surgery, we are developing them.

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UT Southwestern Medical Center has been at the forefront of developments in breast surgery procedures. This has included investigating implants, establishing new surgical procedures, and using 3-D technology as a tool when working with patients.

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 FDA issued a press release regarding a rare disorder associated with breast implants: Breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). This is a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that has been associated with breast implants.

Following is a summary of the important information in that release: 

  • There have been approximately 350 cases of 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}.
  • 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 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.

In Summary:

  • 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.

If you have any questions, contact your plastic surgeon. We here at UT Southwestern Medical Center are happy to see patients with concerns or questions.