Attention UF Health patients with BIOCELL® textured implants:

Published: August 6th, 2019

Category: Plastic and reconstructive surgery

On July 24, 2019, Allergan voluntarily recalled unused BIOCELL® textured breast implant products. The recall is only for implants that have not been used in patients. At this time, the Food and Drug Administration and plastic surgery professional organizations do not recommend the removal of these implants in patients who are showing no signs of breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL, a rare cancer of the lymphatic system. Onset of BIA-ALCL is typically not subtle, and involves sudden or rapid enlargement of the breast due to fluid, and/or a mass or lump. This very rare lymphoma is part of the implant capsule, scar tissue that forms around all implants, and is almost always cured when the capsule is fully removed.  At this time, fewer than 600 cases have been identified worldwide. Allergan is offering the smooth device implant replacement at no charge to the patients, however, additional costs (i.e., surgical fees) are not covered.

If you would like to speak with a member of your UF Health care team, please call 352.265.8402.