Dr Layt Hosts PSC Talk on BIA-ALCL, Implants, and…Sharks?
What do sharks and breast implants have in common? The chance of being harmed by either is incredibly slim, yet in the rare event an issue does occur, it gets notable publicity from news and media outlets—often leading to overinflated and misplaced fear when all data isn’t presented and/or considered.
According to a recent discussion hosted by Dr Craig Layt on The Plastic Surgery Channel™, that’s precisely what seems to be happening with the recent spike in reports about textured breast implants and their correlation to the development of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) in breast augmentation patients. Dr Layt—along with fellow plastic surgeons Dr Anand Deva and Dr Peter Callan—argue that the currently publicised connection between textured implants and BIA-ALCL appears to be based more on limited data that does not take into account all possible contributing variables. For example, factors such as the technique and training of the surgeon can often have a far greater impact on whether or not complications arise from breast surgery than the actual device used, yet these considerations have not been studied to a great extent among reported BIA-ALCL cases as of now.
In short, Dr Layt and his guests agreed that speculation and opinion must always give way to science and hard facts—and until intensive research and scientific data proves otherwise, it is far more likely that the perceived relationship between textured implants and BIA-ALCL is a product of improper technique and/or inadequate training on the part of the plastic surgeon.
For more information about BIA-ALCL and textured implants, or if you are interested in breast augmentation and wish to schedule a consultation at The Layt Clinic, please feel free to contact our practice online or by phone today.