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Hi Ladies, I am a 31 year old mother of two from the middle east and got mentor tear drop implants 390cc (textured) 5 years ago. I have not had any problem post surgery and although I am not thrilled with the size, I am quite content. Recently I started reading about ALCL (lymphoma) related to textured implants, and I started freaking out in spite of the fact that the risk is very small. I have reached a point where I am considering exchanging my implants with smooth ones with a complete removal of the capsule (as I read that women who had smooth implants but textured ones before still got ALCL because of the capsule left behind). I may be exaggerating as for my implant type the risk is 1 in 60,600 based on a recent study, but I can't help but worry.

However, most of the scary studies seem to be American where textured implants are rarely used and so I don't believe it reflects the real picture, as textured implants are far more common in Europe, and if the majority of women in Europe use textured ones, then the risk is extremely small with the cases they discovered. Here in the middle east, textured Implants are also more commonly used. I am not sure about Australia. I was wondering how many of you ladies have textured implants ? are we a minority ? do you think it is worth an exchange surgery ? I can't seem to discuss this with anyone I know, and I also don't really have the budget at this point but I am very stressed.

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Hi @Angelf I also have Mentor textured implants and the Mentor brand is the least likely to cause ALCL. The risks are so minimal, I think you are making yourself sick with worry for no reason. I am not concerned at all, I think the main thing is to check your breasts regularly (which we should all do anyway) and if you notice anything untoward see your doctor or surgeon for a check-up. I personally would not have my implants taken out as I believe it would be unnecessary surgery.

Try not to overthink this and stop reading those articles. Just take care of your health and check your breasts. I am in Australia and its lovely to connect with a woman in the middle east :) Take care hun and please stop worrying!

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Hi, I too have Mentor textured anatomical implants and 19 mpo so far no issues , i am lead to belive that the ALCL is associated with Allergan (Natrelle ) and polyurethane  (PE coated) implants, i belive that these typs of implants have are not being made any more but there still some in circulation  

I have agree with @sabP and think you are unnecessarily worring yourself and like mentioned above check your breasts regularly,  i would not have agreed to let my surgeon incert textured implants if i didn't believe the risk was minimal 

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I have textured Silimed implants which are now no longer used here in Australia. I also got my implants 5 years ago. I just have had a mammogram + ultrasound and the implants are fine. I understand there are risks with this implant but at this stage I cannot afford to replace them. I will just keep a close look out on my health.

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