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Two little words no woman ever wants to hear in the same sentence are: breast implants and cancer.
After several years of news stories and debate, BIOCELL textured breast implants and tissue expanders made by Allergan under the Natrelle brand were voluntarily recalled. Regrettably, these specific implants have been linked to a rare type of lymphoma known as BIA-ALCL or breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma. To date, 573 cases have been reported and 481 of these cases were linked to Allergan Biocell implants, according to the FDA.
Sadly, there were 33 deaths among these cases. The FDA also explains that textured breast implants are less common in the U.S. compared to
Dr. Lisa Cassileth of Beverly Hills is committed to making the process of reconstruction following breast cancer surgery just a little less traumatic, painful and drawn out. The board-certified plastic surgeon has created the Cassileth One-Stage Breast Reconstruction technique, whereby she reconstructs breasts at the time of mastectomy in one single surgery. This approach significantly cuts down on recovery time, risk, pain and mental anguish, and is particularly appreciated by woman undergoing elective mastectomy due to the BRCA gene. The innovative technique was recently published in the August 2012 Annals of Plastic Surgery. Traditional reconstruction requires months of using tissue exp