Does having Breast Implants Increase the Risk of Breast Cancer


There is a growing concern in some patients when it comes to the topic of how safe breast implants are for the woman’s body since there are rare cases where breast implants are linked to breast cancer. What adds fuel to their growing anxiety is when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a safety warning that cautions healthcare workers and patients about their findings with regard to breast implants and various lymphomas. 

Despite these recent developments, plastic surgeons believe that there’s still a lack of research regarding these cases since the U.S. FDA was unable to determine what are the types of breast implants that may have caused the squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and various lymphomas. The rarity of these events assures everyone with those who already have their breast implants and those who will be having their breast implants that it is not seen as an immediate life-threatening disease.

However, patients must continue to be vigilant when it comes to choosing the right implants for them. Here are the following factors that a patient must consider before having a breast augmentation.

How Are Breast Implants Linked to Breast Cancer?

According to the most recent announcement from the U.S. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), cancer forms in the scar tissue (capsule) around certain breast implants, which includes squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and various lymphomas. Dr. Brian Wojciechowski, an American cancer specialist, explains that SCC is commonly detected on the skin since it is the most common type of skin cancer. He emphasized that the squamous cell can also be seen on the other parts of the body. Once you put an implant within the breast, the body creates a squamous layer that surrounds the breast implants. 

He added that the risk for  Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is higher for textured breast implants when being compared to smooth breast implants. As for the literature for the SCC, he noted that there are only 20 cases recorded that are linked to SCC and he acknowledged that the data is not enough to really pin-point which type of breast implants could have triggered the SCC. 

This is in-line to what the U.S. FDA stated that SCC or various lymphomas in the capsule surrounding the breast implant may be uncommon. Meanwhile, Dr.Wong Moon, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon from the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center,  also emphasized that breast implants are not the prime cause for breast cancer. He explained that there are some rare cases where the breast cancer may be hidden behind the breast implants. It is why it is necessary to have an additional 6 months to a year of follow-up examination using the MRI in order to check for any signs of any potential tumors behind the implants after the breast surgery. 

As a result, the indices rate and risk factors for these types of rare diseases are still unknown to them, and more research is required.

What Decisions Do You Need to Make for Breast Augmentation?

There are numerous factors to consider before undergoing breast augmentation surgery. One of them is that you must find the right surgeon for you who will conduct a thorough medical examination of your body before you undergo breast augmentation. Your surgeon will help you in the preliminary stage of breast augmentation to understand and give medical information for you which will be helpful when it comes to deciding what type of breast implants that you’ll be needing, how long the procedure will take, and what are the ways you can do to minimize the risk of breast cancer when you have your breast implants in the future. 

Consultation in the Philippines

It is necessary for a patient to undergo extensive check-ups and medical consultations with her surgeon before undergoing breast augmentation. The patient will have to take a mammography (breast X-rays) that can help your surgeon detect breast cancer at an early stage. By doing so, your plastic surgeon will give you the best medical advice for your current medical condition. At this stage of your consultation, you will also learn if you are a good candidate for breast augmentation. Again, this will depend on the result of your medical exams and screening tests. 

In the Philippines, there are numerous experienced plastic surgeons who can provide you with accurate medical tests and other medical screenings. Of course, given the number of surgeons in the Philippines, you’d have a difficult time deciding which one would meet your expectations. Fortunately, some of the most experienced and well-known Filipino surgeons can be found at

Finding quality breast implants like Motiva® Implants 

The use of textured breast implants is one of the potentially significant factors influencing the number of breast implant-related diseases. These implants have a rough outer layer shell, similar to the surface texture of sandpaper. Breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL, has been linked to textured implants. Furthermore, the FDA discovered 573 distinct cases of BIA-ALCL, with 33 people dying as a result of cancer. 

Meanwhile, there are breast implants that have undergone extensive medical testing and research. Motiva® Implants are one of those modern breast implants that have the advantage of being durable while also providing the natural-looking breast projection. Motiva®, the 6th generation breast implant, is the result of years of laboratory research, and its innovations ensure safety.

Motiva® acknowledges the fact that the times are changing and so is the preference of most women who are looking for natural-looking breast implants that could also mimic the movements of their natural breast tissue.. Motiva Ergnomix® empowers women with their choice by offering them innovative features like it can have a tear-drop shape when they are in an upright position and could shift to a full and round shape when they are laying flat. 

Of course, these features become possible thanks to its ProgressiveGel Ultima® which smoothly adapts and follows their movement. What makes it unique is this gel projects a natural figure with almost less rippling sensation. 

Breast implants that use salt and sugar crystals in their materials have a higher risk of developing an unwanted disease, potentially breast cancer, according to medical experts. Motiva® uses 3D nanotechnology imprinting to create a uniform smooth nano-textured outer surface called SmoothSilk® /SilkSurface®. Its surface reduces the possibility of complication because it’s designed to enhance biocompatibility. It helps in reducing the prevalence of chronic inflammatory complications, such as double capsules and late seromas.  Moreover, it also limits the risk of biofilm formation and bacterial load. 

Some women are also concerned about the possibility of breast implants leaking. Motiva Ergonomix® developed the TrueMonobloc® to solve this issue. Its durable multilayer system minimizes the possibility of ruptures and unwanted leaks. It is also responsible for unifying all of the breast implant components and its elasticity helps the surgeons to create a small incision for the patients during implant insertion. 

Motiva Ergonomix® also includes a BluSeal® indicator, which helps confirm the presence of the protective layer surrounding the implants. This one-of-a-kind feature ensures that the implants are completely intact. The bluish color makes it easier to detect implant flaws such as gel bleed and ruptures prior to surgery.

Apart from its innovative medical features, Motiva® ensures your safety by offering a warranty program that takes care of you after surgery. All Motiva® Breast Implants are covered by the Always Confident Warranty®, which covers rupture cases for the implant’s lifetime. It also includes a Product Replacement Policy that covers Baker Grades III and IV Capsular Contracture cases for a period of ten years.

 If you want to extend the warranty service provided by Motiva®, you can enroll in their Extended Warranty Programs, such as 2Y Extended Warranty Program and 5Y Extended Warranty Program. These extended warranty programs provide replacement implants and financial assistance for each affected implant to cover the cost of revision surgery.  

The link between breast implants and an increased risk of breast cancer remains a mystery because experts believe that the data gathered from these rare cases of breast cancer linked to breast implants is still insufficient. 

As of the moment, what women can do is have a quality medical examination under the guidance of a professional surgeon who will help them understand their current state of health and know all their options when it comes to breast augmentation.

Breast Surgery Philippines (BSPH) brings patients from all over the world to the Philippines to fulfill their desire for breast augmentation surgery. BSPH serves as a go-to online platform for both foreign and local patients who are seeking alternative ways of having their breast augmentation surgery more convenient and stress-free. 

BSPH offers a direct link to the best hospitals and clinics in the Philippines where you will have a consultation with our experienced plastic surgeon giving the best medical experience. Talk to us and share your plans for your dream body. 

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