In a commentary about textured breast implants, published Oct. 23 in JAMA Surgery, Terence M. Myckatyn, MD, a professor of surgery in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, recommends smooth-surfaced breast implants for cosmetic and reconstructive patients in his practice.
“In most cases, I believe that I can achieve equivalent results with either smooth or textured surface breast implants and that differential outcomes resulting from choosing one device over the other are imperceptible,” Myckatyn, a co-author, wrote in the piece. “I don’t see the value in subjecting my patients to the risk of BIA-ALCL, even if it is only 1 in 3,000. Equally important, I don’t see the value in subjecting them to increased anxiety related to their decision. That said, I recognize that there are specific situations where a textured breast implant may have value.”