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New Study Finds Bacteria More Likely to Grow on Textured Breast Implants

A recent study that has been accepted for publication in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has found that breast implants with a textured surface are approximately 70 times more likely to develop bacteria than smooth implants. This bacterial growth can potentially lead to infection, increasing the chances that the breast implant will cause hardening around the tissue. Ultimately, this may lead to chronic discomfort and implant deformity.

The study evaluated breast implants in vitro. After 24 hours, textured breast implants had 72 times as much bacteria attached to their surface as smooth breast implants. These findings are particularly important to keep in mind when deciding which type of breast implant to choose for your breast augmentation procedure.

Textured implants are more popular than smooth implants since they grip to natural breast tissue better than smooth implants do. However, this benefit must be balanced against the risks associated with increased bacterial growth.

During your initial consultation, Dr. David Bottger will discuss all of your breast implant options with you in great detail. This will include an explanation of all risks and benefits associated with each option. By providing you with this information, you will have all the tools necessary to make a fully informed decision about your breast implant options.

If you are interested in breast augmentation, please contact Dr. David Bottger today to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Bottger serves patients in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.