Breast implant associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)


Facts associated with BIA-ALCL

It is a cancer of lymphatic cells and a form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma It is not a breast cancer It occurs in association with breast implants and to date exclusively with exposure to textured implants (no reported cases with exposure to smooth implants alone) It occurs in women who have had implants for both cosmetic and reconstructive indications It takes an average of 7-10 years after implant insertion before it develops The commonest presentation is a...Read More
Posted on October 1, 2019 By Lucy Colak in ,

Breast Reduction

The happiest group of patients I operate on are breast reduction patients, and this is also the most frequent operation I do.

Although large breasts may have appeal initially, this is soon overcome by the reality of neck, shoulder and back pain; bra straps cutting into shoulders; repeated and frequent headaches; sweating and rashes under the breasts; difficulties in exercising and playing sport; not being able to find bras that fit, support and don’t cost a fortune; fashionable clothing not...Read More

Posted on September 7, 2018 By Lucy Colak in ,

Mummy Makeover – Part 2

Tummy Tuck

In a previous blog on Mummy Makeover I covered surgical options to rejuvenate the breast. In this second blog in the series, I will address the other area that also suffers the greatest impact of childbirth, the abdomen. This is classically addressed with a “tummy tuck” (called an abdominoplasty by plastic surgeons).


The expansion of the mother’s abdominal wall by the growing baby affects all the layers, including the muscle, fat and skin. In...Read More

Posted on August 7, 2018 By Lucy Colak in ,

Repairing Scarring with Scar Management in Sydney

Scarring after a procedure can be quite difficult to manage and can leave lasting results that are often unflattering. When dealing with scarring, it is vital that one knows how to manage the scarring with proper healing practices and knowledge about how the scarring process works. With such knowledge, one can manage their healing and ensure that their body appears flawless after such a procedure. Dr. Darrell Perkins offers his patients scar management therapy in Sydney.

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Posted on July 24, 2018 By Lucy Colak in ,


Liposuction is a great treatment for those unwanted fatty bulges that just don’t go away, no matter how much you diet or exercise. It is great for changing undesirable contours but it is not for weight loss.



We are basically born with a certain number of fat cells that are distributed in certain areas. If you put on weight, individual fat cells get fatter, but they don’t multiply. We are born with a certain body shape and tend to store fat...Read More

Posted on July 16, 2018 By Lucy Colak in , ,

Mummy Makeover – Part 1

Empty Sagging Breasts

Having children is one of the great joys of life. They do however exact a toll on lifestyle, finances, sleep patterns, and the youthful figure of the mother. The two main areas affected by childbirth and breast feeding, are the breasts and abdomen. This article will address the breasts, and a separate article will address the abdomen.

As a Plastic Surgeon of over 20 years experience, I know all my patients are individuals in their physical characteristics and in their personal...Read More

Posted on June 18, 2018 By Lucy Colak in , ,

Breast implant associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) FAQs

Is BIA-ALCL breast cancer?

No, BIA-ALCL is not breast cancer.

ALCL is a cancer of lymphatic cells and a form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. It has been described in all parts of the body well before breast implants existed, and has occurred in the breast without any implant present.


-ALCL is a form of lymphoma that occurs in association with breast implants, and to date exclusively with exposure to textured implants (no reported cases with smooth implants alone). It occurs in women who have...Read More

Posted on May 28, 2018 By Lucy Colak in , , , ,

Rejuvenating Your Face with Wrinkle Treatments in Sydney

As you reach your middle years, aging skin may bring about changes that you do not wish to see. You may develop wrinkles, crow’s feet around your eyes and jowls, making you appear older than you feel. These changes may make you feel that your face is no longer a vision of youth and beauty. Often, women search for a skin care option that reverses this aging process. There are many creams and serums that tout drastic changes, but when you use them, you find out that the wrinkles and lines still remain....Read More

Posted on March 16, 2018 By Lucy Colak in

Gynaecomastia and Male Breast Reduction in Sydney

Men pride themselves on having a muscular chest and manly shape. They spend hours in the gym exercising and making sure that their body is as defined as can be. Feminine features on a man such as breast development can cause embarrassment and problems with poor self image. This is a surprising common condition known as gynaecomastia. Even though a man may feel isolated, many men suffer from gynaecomastia for varying reasons. Dr. Darrell Perkins provides male breast reduction surgery for men who suffer from...Read More

Posted on March 8, 2018 By Lucy Colak in ,