Thinking Outside the Black Box

Current Perceptions on Breast Implant Safety and Utility

Pooja S. Yesantharao, M.S.; Erica Lee, M.S.; Nima Khavanin, M.D.; Sarah Persing, M.D., M.P.H.; Hillary Jenny, M.D., M.P.H.; Mya Abousy, B.S.; Kristen P. Broderick, M.D.; Justin M. Sacks, M.D., M.B.A.


Plast Reconstr Surg. 2021;147(3):593-603. 

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Although proposed changes to breast implant labeling can promote health literacy, our survey demonstrated that such information can also significantly impact perceptions of breast implant safety/utility. Given that breast implants play a substantial role in breast reconstruction and augmentation, physicians should ensure that future conversations continue to be centered around the most salient risks and benefits of breast implants. Transparency and objectivity between providers and patients can ensure appropriate use of breast implants in women who need them. Overall, our results illustrate the substantial influence of education on perceptions: in the new era of breast implant safety, it is now more important than ever to appropriately frame the surgeon-patient conversation surrounding breast implants.