ALCL (anaplastic large cell lymphoma) is a type of lymphoma that has been associated with textured breast implants, which Dr. McInnes does not use. To date, there has not been a single reported case associated with a history of only smooth implant use. As a precaution, most plastic surgeons in North America are no longer using textured implants. The disease usually manifests with a very swollen breast, on average 10 years after implant placement.
ALCL can occur in people without breast implants, however there has been an association seen with the use textured breast implants. At present, the risk in patients with textured implants appears to be between 1:3,000 - 1:10,000 (in comparison, the incidence of breast cancer for women is 1:8). This disease is being aggressively studied by plastic surgeons across North America and in the world. The vast majority of cases are cured by removing the implants and associated capsule, without the need for medical treatments. Dr. McInnes stays up to date with the latest information on ALCL and breast implant safety, and will be happy to discuss risks of implants with you.