Breast implants have been associated with a range of problems – including rupture, leak, and capsular contracture and a rare breast implant related lymphoma.
The risk of breast implant rupture increases with time. The latest evidence suggests that women with breast implants should receive regular lifelong check-ups which is backed by research work published by Macquarie University. The ground breaking research has shown that low grade infection around breast implants is one of the major causes of complications. Professors Anand Deva and Karen Vickery developed a 14-point plan to reduce the risk of implant contamination.
“Most women who have had breast implant surgery were probably followed up by their surgeon for a few years afterwards, and then not at all,” says Dr Henny Tamboto, best known for her earlier experimental research that demonstrated the causal link between sub-clinical infection, biofilm formation and capsular contracture. “However, it’s important to have lifelong follow-ups as problems can occur many years after surgery – including a rare implant-associated lymphoma.”
Dr Louis Wessels is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery at Macquarie University. “Breast implants are a medical device,” said Dr Wessels. “Like other devices – pacemakers, for example – they should be checked regularly. This service plays an important role in helping women achieve this.
With a multi-disciplinary team located within a single state-of-the-art precinct at Macquarie University, the Integrated Breast Health Clinic will provide immediate access to a world-class service that helps to identify problems early.