Preliminary approach of an alternative solution for the breast implant shell
In 2020, breast augmentation was the most performed plastic surgical procedure worldwide. Even though silicone implants are the gold standard, different factors might lead to implant failure, including mechanical loading. This was proved by our group, concluding that fatigue damage can be a potential cause of the in vivo failure . Moreover, another major complication related to breast implants is capsular contracture, which might cause implant distortion, breast pain and poor aesthetic outcome . To address this issue, most implants are manufactured with a textured surface, which is currently done by using calibrated salt grains or through a negative-contact imprint of polyurethane foam. As an alternative, in this work, a different texture is produced using an impression technique and its mechanical properties are investigated.