Patient Newsletter Addressing the Link Between Breast Implants and A Rare Form of Cancer

Breast augmentation and reconstruction are two of the most popular plastic procedures among women. With growing concerns about a link between breast implants a rare form of cancer, Bruno | Brown Plastic Surgery released this patient newsletter:

As a patient in the practice of Bruno | Brown Plastic Surgery, we feel it necessary to inform you of recent issues with breast implants. Many of you have now seen or read recent media reports referencing the possible link between breast implants and a rare form of cancer called BIA-ALCL (Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma). While this is occurring in an extremely small subset of patients with breast implants, there appears to be some link.

BIA-ALCL is not a breast cancer, but a rare T-cell lymphoma that usually develops as a fluid and swelling around the textured shell breast implant. According to the ASPS and the FDA, thus far, there have been no confirmed cases of BIA-ALCL in women who have had only smooth-shell breast implants. The lifetime risk for this disease appears to be about 1 case for every 30,000 textured implants placed. This equates to a 0.003 percent risk. Both the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) and others are gathering more and more data on this rare disease.

The FDA is not recommending removal of textured implants nor have they advised against their placement. Rather, the FDA recommends, as do we, that every woman conducts regular self-examinations. If you develop swelling or a lump in your breast, contact our office right away. We will comprehensively evaluate you and order the appropriate tests to determine if any treatment is indicated.

While more information is being gathered, we at Bruno | Brown Plastic surgery have elected to stop the use of textured implants from all breast manufacturers until further research on this type of implant is more complete. If you are concerned that you may have this textured type of implant or have any concerns about your implants, please call the office at 301-215-5955.

To view the patient letter, click here.

 


 

Bruno | Brown Plastic Surgery specializes in safe, effective DC breast reconstruction and breast augmentation in Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Chevy Chase, MD. If you have any concerns about your implants, please contact us right away.

7 Steps to Having Younger, Healthier Looking Eyes

7 steps to younger eyesIf eyes are the window to anything, it’s our age. From the purely cosmetic to minimally invasive treatments to surgical procedures, here are 7 steps to maintain younger looking eyes:

  1. Full brow lift:Is your forehead sagging? Are your eyebrows heavy? Rejuvenate the overall appearance of your skin by tightening the forehead and reducing the appearance of worry lines giving your facial features a more youthful appearance.
  2. Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery): Do your eyelids droop, giving you an aged effect? Smooth the skin surrounding your eye by lifting the upper or lower eyelid. In this procedure, excess tissue is removed from the eyelid areas for a more youthful look and brightness.
  3. Your Arch Enemy: Aging brows age your entire face! Go for the anti-aging quick fix and get them in shape. Trim, tone and fill for a youthful appearance. If they are thinning, use brow powder to fill in patchy spots. Use a brow pencil to lengthen and color those gray hairs and disappearing tails. The difference will amaze you.
  4. Latisse: As you age your once lush lashes become shorter and sparser. Get long, thick, younger-you-but-better lashes back with Latisse, available here!
  5. Botox: Feel more mademoiselle but looking more madam? Smooth away those crow’s feet with Botox! As board certified surgeons, Drs Bruno and Brown are qualified to determine the best methods to achieve your desired results.
  6. PRP Injections: Had a long day (or month) at work? Nothing gives us away more than under eye bags. Fear not! PRP Injections or Fillers are ready to ride to the rescue. PRP is an injectable treatment that uses your body’s own blood, similar to a blood test, to reverse the signs of aging, restore or enhance facial volume, and improve skin texture and tone.
  7. Fillers: Fillers are an excellent way to get rid of under eye hollows that appear as you age. Fillers restore volume and rejuvenate the area under your eyes and upper cheek.

Schedule your appointment today!

 

 


 

Bruno | Brown Plastic Surgery is a leader in minimally invasive and surgical procedures in the Chevy Chase, Northern Virginia and DC areas.  We specialize in creating younger looking eyes through plastic surgery procedures such as blepharoplasty in DC