Allergan Breast Implant Recall Lawyers: Biocell Textured Implants Linked To Cancer Risk

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted July 25, 2019


For several years, the product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. have been investigating potential breast implant cancer lawsuits for women diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma that may develop in the tissue surrounding certain types of implants, which is commonly known as breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).

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In the face of overwhelming evidence that the risk is greatest with Allergan breast implants, a worldwide recall is being issued to remove devices that feature the “Biocell” textured surface from the market.

On July 24, the FDA announced that it had “requested” the move, after an investigation confirmed that that Allergan Biocell breast implants were linked to a cancer risk that was substantially greater than any other type of breast implant. The agency indicated that the breast implant cancer problems have resulted in:

  • 573 Breast Implant ALCL cases reported worldwide;
  • 84% (481) of the cancer cases involved Allergan Breast Implants;
  • 33 deaths from BIA-ALCL have been identified;
  • More than 90% of breast implant cancer deaths where the model is known involve Allergan devices;

The breast implant recall lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. provide free consultations and case evaluations to help women determine whether financial compensation may be available as a result of a cancer diagnosis.

All claims are reviewed by our attorneys on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are never any costs or expenses to hire our law firm and we only receive a fee or reimbursed expenses if a breast implant settlement is received.

Allegan Biocell Natrelle Breast Implant Recalls

According to the FDA Safety Communication, Allergan has agreed to remove breast implants that feature the same Biocell textured surface (shell), which is a unique surface used only by Allergan. The breast implant recalls impact:

  • Allergan Natrelle Saline-Filled Breast Implants (previously sold as the McGhan RTV Saline-Filled Mammary Implant) in styles 163, 168, 363 and 468.
  • Allergan Natrelle Silicone-Filled Textured Breast Implants (previously known as Inamed Silicone-Filled Breast Implants) in styles 110, 115, 120, TRL, TRLP, TRM, TRF, TRX, TCL, TCLP, TCM, TCF, TCX, TSL, TSLP, TSM, TSF, and TSX.
  • Natrelle 410 Highly Cohesive Anatomically Shaped Silicone Filled Breast Implants in styles 410FM, 410FF, 410MM, 410 MF, 410 ML, 410 LL, 410 LM, 410 LF, 410 FX, 410 MX, and 410 LX.
  • Natrelle 133 Plus Tissue Expander
  • Natrelle 133 Tissue Expander with Suture Tabs


14 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • Kara says:

    So what happens to us cancer survivors that have this implants like I do? I called the plastic surgeon they said I need to have a MRI and a mammogram. To check because I’m having pain in my breast. But the thing is, I’ve had 15 surgeries in 2 years because my skin would die or something would happen like I would just all of a sudden get infection. Now I’ve went almost a year now with the implants I have now,I hurt at times I just thought that came with having implants. Now they are on recall…so what am I supposed to wait for 7 to 10 yrs and hope I don’t get cancer again…or worse..I dont know about this, i couldn’t sleep last night at the fear of getting cancer once again,I think the company should pay to have them removed from my body, new ones put back, pay for my time off work, my suffering, and the stress of all this, it’s not fair to live with the fear of not knowing if your gonna get cancer again. And to have to wait and see if you get cancer or not, why not take them out? Problem solved Right? Or no?

    Posted on July 26, 2019 at 3:16 pm

  • Susan says:

    I have had breast cancer 2x, opted for implants, only to have this recall happen. I had the double mastectomy in order not to worry about cancer again! I’m very distressed by this development.

    Posted on July 30, 2019 at 2:36 pm

  • Lisa says:

    I had breast cancer last year and received this implant. I’ve been told I cannot receive a new implant due to the nipple sparing procedure and my skin could die. I suffered with the breast cancer, now I have to wait and worry if the implant will give me cancer. And my breast can’t be fixed.

    Posted on August 1, 2019 at 9:31 am

  • Suzette says:

    I was diagnosed January 2016 with breast cancer. I had it in 3 places in the left breast, so I was already going to lose it. I chose to have the other one removed because I wasn’t going to live life worrying if cancer developed in the right breast. Though it’s been 3 1/2 years I do NOT regret my decision. I had reconstruction surgery and these implants were put in. Not only am I terrified about getting cancer again anywhere in my body, now I have these implants that have been recalled and they’re saying that “they don’t need to come out if your not experiencing any type of symptoms.” I didn’t have any symptoms when I was diagnosed with cancer! If it wasn’t for the mammogram machine, I would never had known. Even when then dr told me where the cancer was, I still didn’t “feel anything”. So how am I going to know if something develops and I don’t have any symptoms just like when I had breast cancer, NO SYMPTOMS!
    I totally understand that any foreign object that is put in the body carries a risk, BUT to know that I have implants that are “linked” to a rare cancer after fighting cancer already… that’s unacceptable! I personally already feel different, and I know and understand it’s “just me”. But I don’t want to live my life “wondering” if cancer is developing somewhere in my body due to the implants. That’s why I chose the bilateral mastectomy, so I wouldn’t worry and can live as normal as I can. But with this recall…. it’s seriously affecting me mentally and emotionally.
    I also had expanders put in and I’m not certain what the dr used. I’m waiting for a response from the drs office to let me know which ones he used since some expanders are being recalled.

    Posted on August 3, 2019 at 4:26 pm

  • Medy says:

    I had mastectomy on my right breast in 2014 due to Ductal Carcenoma Insitu. I also had a tissue expander Natrell 133 MV-11 placed at that time.
    My reconstructive surgery was July 2, 2014. The Allergan’s Breast implants Natrell 410 FF and both are included on the recall information.
    YEs, I am very concern and very afraid of getting cancer again.
    I suggest that we should get our exams, mammograms, MRIs, paid by the company. Any of you beautiful women agree with Me.??

    Posted on August 6, 2019 at 3:02 pm

  • Cathy says:

    I had a double mastectomy in 2014 ..I have had the textured implants for reconstruction. Saw my plastic surgeon this week and was told insurance WILL pay to have them switched out. Now I wouldn’t have known this because in the letter we received it said the FDA was recommending not to have them removed at this time…Bull Crap tell me they can cause a rare cancer….I don’t think so……so please don’t assume insurance won’t pay call your plastic surgeon

    Posted on August 14, 2019 at 11:19 pm

  • Kathleen says:

    I had ductal carcinoma in situ in 2016 and had dbl mastectomy an reconstructive surgery with the Allergan textured implants. I have been having pain off and on in my left breast. I had a lymph node appear near my left breast 11/2 yrs ago and they biopsied it and said it was negative but still hasn’t gone away my breast surgeon told me I will need to have them removed but no rush!! I am devastated to think I have to go thru another surgery. I will have them removed and I am afraid to put anything back in which as a woman is very devastating for me

    Posted on August 15, 2019 at 10:01 pm

  • Christina says:

    I agree the company should pay for women to get them removed. I experience breast pain. Just recently I noticed a weird lump under the breast which at this point cant fathom it being scar tissue after years of having these implants and now have to worry about possibly developing cancer.

    Posted on August 28, 2019 at 4:53 pm

  • Kristi says:

    Very concerned and scared.

    Posted on August 28, 2019 at 6:43 pm

  • Marianne says:

    I have had breast cancer 3 times. Most recent was September 2014. I had a double mastectomy and my plastic surgeon used Natrelle textured breast implants. After all I have been through over the years with cancer, I thought I was finally at peace mentally, emotionally and physically. My scars have healed and now the recall??????? I have had pain in my right breast near the armpit and top center edge of the implant. I thought this was muscle pain since I work out. But to realize its only in one side. I went to my doctor yesterday who said they must immediately be removed. I have a consultation with my plastic surgeon on Friday. I cannot eat, or sleep at night, I worry I will get cancer again and go through the agonizing pain again of surgery, recovery and healing. I’m drained and sick to my stomach.

    Posted on August 28, 2019 at 7:13 pm

  • Lisa says:

    In 2005 i had a radical Mastectomy to my right breast. And all but 1 lymphoid removed. Before all this my surgeon went over everything with me and told how he thought it best that i do radiation and then chemo. With this knowledge i went home and researched somethings and learned that radiation treatments have been known to deform some implants and that if your given your treatment ahead of time that putting in an expander would be advised. So i did….. Only to discover that the Oncologist i was given decided to change my program and doubled up my chemo, said it was better and who am I to tell him he’s the Dr. right? But I wouldn’t of had that expander put in and maybe saved myself a lot of heart ache. without going into a long lengthy story, the Plastic surgeon’s billing department dropped my insurance and I was stuck with the expander for 5 years because of a lot of red tape but finally in 2010 a clinic’s nurse practitioner found a plastic surgeon who would except my Breast Cancer/Cervical Cancer insurance program I was on. Ironically it just so happened to be my original surgeon. Okay so finally 2011 I’m getting my implant and i feel somewhat normal, but within a year I was back getting a new one cause the implant wasn’t right. So back to the table and this time I’m also getting a partial lift on the left, when it was over it wasn’t a few months and I was asking about why it hurt, why was it so hard, why can’t i lay or hug anyone without discomfort’ and why does there feel like theres a lump in my armpit. His reply ” Lisa , you have a lot of scare tissue and you just had a procedure”. Whelp not to long after that I again was told he no longer is part of the Breast Cancer program and He can except me i need to find another Dr. So now it’s 2019 / almost 2020 and I get this recall letter on each implant I received and the expander. I’m so upset and scared and like the rest of the woman facing the tragedy of the recall’ someone a lot of someones should pay for this. I know woman get implants for a lot of different reasons and that is fine. Personally for me I only did it because of my cancer and my daughter at the time thought it would make me feel better down the road and yet I was fine with the sunken chest and the fact that I was a survivor and wasn’t ashamed nor embarrassed. But I have gone through more shame and emotional struggles since the very beginning of it all and I have fought hard to beat my cancer and now this?? The reality is , it was all about the money and never about safety for us cancer or non cancer women, so I just want to say to all you Ladies affected by this, try to remain calm, strong and let’s unite together and hold this company liable and accountable.

    Posted on September 13, 2019 at 8:29 am

  • Jenn says:

    I had my implants put in 2008 I have the Allergan Natrelle textured saline 468 the ones on the recall list even before I heard about the troubles with these implants I had breast pain , muscle spasms , arm weakness and numbness in one arm . I have had tons of test done and and there is nothing that can explain my pain and symptoms , my PS says that it is not from the implants .. I am living with constant stress and worry over this.

    Posted on September 27, 2019 at 10:13 am

  • Laura says:

    Hello I have had my implant since 2016 and at times I get pain and tightening around the implant. Now they have been recalled and I prefer not to wait for 7 to 10 yrs only to find out I get cancer again. i’ve been losing sleep in the fear of getting cancer once again, I think the company should pay to have them removed from my body, new ones put back, pay for my time off work, my suffering, and the stress of all this, it’s not fair to live with the fear of not knowing if your gonna get cancer again. I received a registered letter from Niagara Health system advising I contact my plastic surgeon and the receptionist wont even give me an apt. She said he is dealing with this at the hospital in a clinic setting but how is he suppose to examine me there. Just wondered if you can provide advice? I am a Canadian citizen not sure what to do? Thank you

    Posted on October 25, 2019 at 7:31 pm

  • Crystal says:

    I have McGhan 468 saline; the exact implants the first suit was filed over. Mine were placed in 2003. I have had pain and will be going for mammogram. What is the process for coverage / reimbursement by this company to have them removed / replaced? If the FDA has ‘recalled’ why have none of us, with these implants placed, been notified? I still have my card from McGhan proving the exact model and implant numbers. Surely that warrents “proof” of their responsibility.
    Mine is the same as the #1 question of every woman on here. Who DO we call to get assistance??

    Posted on November 26, 2019 at 2:20 am

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