What’s the problem with textured breast implants, like the ones Hélène Boudreau had?


When Hélène Boudreau had her breast implants removed, she was shocked to learn that they were textured. On social networks, she claims that these implants are dangerous and that they can be carcinogenic. Is this really the case? We explain to you.

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It was during the Labor Day weekend that “the girl from UQAM” went back under the knife. She had the implants she had placed in Tunisia removed.

“I think fake boobs are ugly…again, that’s a personal opinion throughout (sic) my life I’ve loved fake boobs. Now this year I don’t like everything anymore I find it awful I just want to have my natural breasts back, ”she said last April when talking about her decision.

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After her operation, the one who became known for showing her breasts in her UQAM graduating photo realized that these implants were textured.


Why are implants textured?

Textured implants have long been in high demand due to their teardrop shape, which offers a more natural result. The texture allows the implant to stay in the same position once it has been placed.

This type of implants was first designed for women undergoing a mastectomy, i.e. the removal of a breast, because it offers a better result when there is no more of breast tissue.

“When we talk about textured implants, it’s like Velcro”, illustrates the DD Geneviève F. Caron, surgeon at the Evolution plastic surgery clinic in Montreal.

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What are the risks associated with his implants?

Studies have shown that textured breast implants may be associated with a rare type of cancer that attacks the immune system, anaplastic large cell lymphoma, says Dr.D Because we.

Studies have also shown that the more an implant is textured, the higher the risk of developing cancer later, she continues.

The texture of the implants causes friction that can cause this cancer, she continues. The risk of inflammation is also higher than with implants that are smooth.

“Put breast implants, it always involves risks, it remains a surgery”, underlines nevertheless the DD Because we. In particular, some women may develop infections or experience bleeding.

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Are textured implants prohibited in Canada?

In 2019, Health Canada suspended the approval of Biocell breast implants, from the company Allergan, which were heavily textured. Johnson & Johnson Inc.’s Mentor breast implants, which are low textured, are still available in Canada.

Even though textured breast implants are little used in the country today, surgeons can offer them to their patients, says Dr.D Because we.

And if a woman has textured implants, what does she do?

Health Canada does not recommend that women who have implants have them removed, says Dr.D Genevieve Caron.

“Health Canada says that the operative risk of going to remove everyone’s implants by surgery is still high compared to the risk of having anaplastic large cell lymphoma.”

Is it risky to undergo cosmetic surgery abroad?

Like many women, Hélène Boudreau had implants placed abroad, where you have to pay less than here for the surgery.

In Tunisia, where she had gone, prices vary between $2,500 and $3,500, depending on the prices displayed on a few sites we consulted. At the Evolution clinic, where Dr.D Caron, it is necessary to plan at least $9100 for two implants.

Women who decide to travel to another country for plastic surgery, however, are not immune to complications.

“When the surgery becomes complicated and these patients come back to Quebec and come to consult us, we Quebec plastic surgeons, it is certain that their corrective surgery will cost more, because it is a more complex surgery, longer and which will require more resources”, advances the DD Because we.

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