A new national registry has been established by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the FDA to document reported cases of a rare condition , Anaplastic Large Cell Lyphoma (ALCL) which is possibly associated with breast implants. Thirty four cases of ALCL in patients with breast implants have been reported in the world and that is in the 5-10 million women who have implants world wide. Most of the patients presented with late onset seromas ( swelling) around their breast implants . The condition appears to arise in the capsule surrounding the implants and is not breast cancer. Currently the recommendation for women who are found to have this condition is to remove the capsule ( scar tissue) which surrounds the implant as well as the implant. Safety is always of first concern and I concur with the the American Society of Plastic Surgeons , the Aesthetic Society as well as both implant companies (Mentor and Allergan) in supporting efforts to research this rare condition .
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I was just asked about the expected lifetime of breast implants. All patients with Mentor MemoryGel breast implants are automatically eligible for the Mentor Lifetime Product Replacement Policy. Just to show how much implant companies stand by their products -Mentor Corporation is offering a limited time Premier Advantage breast implant warranty which includes: in addition to lifetime product replacement - 10 years of financial assistance from the date of implant of up to $3,500 in surgical assistance, free contralateral implant rep[lacement and non -cancelable terms.This definitely is a long term commitment from Mentor! I have told many patients that the products must be made well or the company could not offer this sort of warranty. This additional warranty is free but this offer is only available for surgeries done between May 1st, 2009 and December 31, 2009. After that time the optional warranty coverage will again be $2400 and cost $100.