BIA-ALCL is the acronym for Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. BIA-ALCL is an extremely rare, highly treatable type of lymphoma that develops around the capsule of the breast implant. This is mainly associated with textured-surfaced breast implants. Despite its association with the breasts, BIA-ALCL is not breast cancer—but rather a cancer of the immune system that is usually curable.
BII is the acronym for Breast Implant Illness. There are women with breast implants—either silicone or normal saline—who self-identify various symptoms, believing them to be caused by their implants. They refer to these symptoms as Breast Implant Illness (BII). The symptoms vary, including brain fog, tiredness, fatigue, headaches, chills, hair loss, chronic pain, body odor, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance, neurologic issues, and hormonal issues.