You may have seen recent reports about a link between breast implants and a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma called Breast Implant Associated Large Cell Anaplastic Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).
The risk of developing this cancer is very low but it does seem to vary depending upon the type of implant used.
In light of recent studies into BIA-ALCL, some manufacturers have withdrawn their implants and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has suspended the use of others.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), which is the national regulatory body on therapeutic goods, advise that there is no requirement to remove or exchange any current implants unless you are experiencing symptoms such as pain, swelling, leaking or rupture.
The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) support the TGA decision in the interest of patient safety.
The latest information from the TGA including advice for patients can be found at https://www.tga.gov.au/alert/breast-implants-and-anaplastic-large-cell-lymphoma
Guidance for Patients
I have used Mentor implants almost exclusively for the past 12 years (these implants have not been affected as part of the TGA review). As your surgeon, I can understand that you may have concerns and questions about your breast implants. If you would like to know what implants have been used in your surgery, please call my office on 93800311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trish: Hey everyone, I’m here today on this beautiful warm sunny afternoon, I’m talking with Megan who is based in Western Australia. Now Megan has got a really interesting story because she … Oh actually I’ll let her share it with you, but it’s one of those buyer beware kind of stories. So she’s had a bit of a journey with a couple of plastic surgery procedures. So Megan’s going to share all that with us today and ladies and guys out there having a listen, like really pay attention because this can just happen. You’ve just got to really do your research. So welcome Megan.
Megan: Hi, thanks for having me.
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The tragic death of Beauty Clinic owner Jean Huang in inner Sydney last week from complications of a minor cosmetic procedure seems senseless, however hopefully her death is not without purpose. It serves to highlight an issue that permeates our society which if left without addressing it, will inevitably lead to more tragedy like this. The issue is that some people appear to place little or no value on the training and qualifications of those who perform invasive and potentially dangerous procedures on their bodies! I have spoken to people who have researched more about their hairdresser’s training than the person who performed their surgery.
It’s the age old issue… when most women have children, more often than not, our bodies lose their shape and “perkiness”. Whilst it’s nothing to be ashamed of, many of us dream of getting back to our former glory, or at least getting close, and sometimes we need a bit of a helping hand. Vanessa, with the help of Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Mark Hanikeri from Subiaco in WA, achieved awesome results that any of you even considering one or more of the mummy makeover procedures should read and see.
Vanessa says that after having her four beautiful children her body was desperate for some help, including muscle repair. Her family GP referred her to Dr Hanikeri. Vanessa says, “Dr Hanikeri was very open and honest, and made me feel very safe from the beginning. He was continually happy to answer any questions that I would think of. I was extremely confident and knew I was in good hands.” After her first consultation it was agreed she should return in a few months time when she’d reached her goal weight which would improve the overall final outcome.
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For most of us, the idea of a 7 hour marathon on the operating table is a little (lot!) scary. However, in the hands of the right surgeon, and when you combine several different procedures to be performed in one go, it can absolutely be the best way to go. Jo, was brave enough to share her story with us. She had a circumferential body lift, brachioplasty, thigh lift, abdominoplasty and liposuction all in the one procedure.
Jo is a 53 year old nurse whose story starts when she had a gastric sleeve in 2014 and lost 50kgs. Because of the massive weightloss Jo had heaps of excess skin. She says, “I had empty skin that exercise just didn’t get rid of. My arms bothered me the most – they were big and floppy. Also, my inner thighs were drooping down to my knees.”
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In recent times, population growth and the high cost of technological innovation has seen the cost of delivering medical care both at a community and an individual level rise significantly. Under these circumstances there is pressure for all care givers to improve efficiencies to help manage these costs.