New Study Shows Advancements in Breast Implant Design—Here’s What It Means for Safety

With approximately 400,000 women in the U.S. receiving silicone breast implants every year, anything concerning the health of them is a hot topic—and now, thanks to a new brand-led study, anyone considering the surgery (or anyone who already has silicone implants) has some new information available as a resource.

As published in Nature Biomedical Engineering, a team led by MIT researchers (including Dr. Robert Langer, the David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT and co-founder of Moderna) shared their findings and, while preliminary in nature, they say the study provides “groundbreaking results for the future of implant design and its contribution to preventing unwanted and potentially dangerous immune and inflammatory responses within the body.” 

According to a release, the purpose of the study, officially titled “Surface Topography Mediates Foreign Body Response of Silicone Breast Implants in Mice, Rabbits, and Humans,” was to determine the optimal breast implant surface topography that induces the least amount of adverse foreign-body response and understand better how breast implant design impacts biocompatibility.

“There is a lot of research being done now by The Aesthetic Society and ASERF [the research arm of the society], which has always been heavily involved with safety and best patient results,” says La Jolla, CA plastic surgeon Robert Singer, MD. “It is a positive thing any time we can look at how to improve the future of implants.”

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