Today we’re discussing breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) and the positive developments in recent research

What is breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)?

This is a rare condition. It is mostly seen in patients with textured implants, somewhat in polyurethane and very rarely in smooth implants. It has caused great concern even though this condition is quite rare.  It was first described in medicine in 1997 and was recognized by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2016.  BIA-ALCL is most commonly seen in patients 3 to 14 years after the insertion of the implant but has been seen as soon after as 1 year and as late as 37 years after.


What are the developments in recent research?

A recent article in the journal “Aesthetic Plastic Surgery” has some positive news regarding the risks of BIA-ALCL.

It suggests that this lymphomatous eruption is not true malignancy and, in many cases, it resolves on removing the implant.  In some cases it would resolve on its own once the inflammation settles down. However, the diagnosis should not be taken lightly, if you do have a seroma or a collection of fluid it must be thoroughly investigated by your doctor and checked for lymphoma cells. If there is any concern, removing the implants is still the best way to go.

If you are interested in reading the full paper, it is available at


What are the Symptoms of BIA-ALCL?

The most common symptom of BIA-ALCL is an unexplained swelling of the breast due to fluid accumulating around the implant.  Other symptoms can include a lump in the breast or the armpit.  If you suspect BIA-ALCL or have swelling of the breast it is important to be checked by a doctor as soon as possible.


What Implants do Absolute Cosmetic Use?

We use Polytech polyurethane and smooth implants. The polyutherane implants have a microthane coating which is very fine, this makes them low risk. At this stage there has been one case of BIA-ALCL after having Polytech Polyutherane implants in the world. There have been no cases of BIA-ALCL in patients who have had Polytech smooth implants.


You’re in safe hands with Absolute, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 93899099 to discuss these risks further