Not only are breast implants made using a variety of fillings, but they also have different surfaces. It is thought that in the United Kingdom, 99% of breast implants used in surgery have a "textured" surface (according to the British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgeons ('BAPRAS')).
Women in France are now being advised to avoid "textured" silicone implants whilst the link between these and breast implant associated lymphoma (cancer of the immune system) is being investigated. However, the UK regulator has not followed suit, although it is thought that they keeping a close eye on the ongoing concerns.
In a joint statement from the Association of Breast Surgery, The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and BAPRAS, it has been suggested that the risk of developing breast implant associated lymphoma in the UK is approximately 1 in 24,000 breasts sold. They say that not all "textured surfaces" are manufactured in the same way and it is believed they all carry different levels of risk.
That said, it is important that women are told about such risks from the outset, so that they have the opportunity to make an informed decision about the type of implant used.
If you have been diagnosed with breast implant associated lymphoma and concerned that the risk was not explained to you during the consent process, please get in touch, by phoning 0845 050 3284 or 0845 050 3289. Headed up by Consultant Paul Balen, our team at Freeths have considerable experience dealing with breast implant cases and we are more than happy to discuss concerns you may have.
An investigation has raised safety concerns about the most commonly used type of silicone breast implant in the UK.