Risks and Considerations

Recently the FDA added a Black Box Warning to breast implants. The warning includes the following:

  • Breast implants are not considered lifetime devices.
  • The longer people have them, the greater the chances are that they will develop complications, some of which will require more surgery.
    Breast implants have been associated with the development of a cancer of the immune system called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). This cancer occurs more commonly in patients with textured breast implants than smooth implants, although rates are not well defined. Some patients have died from BIA-ALCL. Learn more about BIA-ALCL.
  • Patients receiving breast implants have reported a variety of systemic symptoms such as joint pain, muscle aches, confusion, chronic fatigue, autoimmune diseases and others. Individual patient risk for developing these symptoms has not been well established. Some patients report complete resolution of symptoms when the implants are removed without replacement. Learn more about BII.