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Rare Complications

Breast implants are widely considered among the most intensely studied and regulated devices in the medical industry. For nearly four decades, MENTOR®, along with US FDA and other regulatory bodies, have closely tracked and monitored patient satisfaction and complications associated with breast implants through clinical studies, registries, and real-world complaint data to better understand the breast implant benefits and safety.

Today it is believed that women with breasts have risk of developing Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).

Talk to Your Doctor

Following your breast surgery, it’s important that you have regular follow up exams and follow your doctor’s instructions to monitor your breast implants. If you notice any changes to your breast implants or experience any unusual signs or symptoms of health issues, contact your health care provider promptly to schedule an appointment.

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It is important for you to have a discussion about these risks with your doctor and/or surgeon so that you have a full understanding of both benefits and risks before undergoing surgery for breast implants.


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