Breast Implant Utilization Trends in USA versus Europe and the Impact of BIA-ALCL Publications

Faryan Jalalabadi, Andres F. Doval, Virginia Neese, Elizabeth Andrews, Aldona J. Spiegel

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Background: The goals of this study were to analyze and compare breast implant preferences between US and European surgeons in terms of size, shape, and surface texturing. Furthermore, we set out to investigate the impact of BIA-ALCL scientific publications on surgeon practice patterns. Methods: Breast implant sales data from the USA and Europe dating from June 2013 to September 2018 were provided by one of the world's leading breast implant manufactures (Mentor Worldwide LLC). Change-point analysis was used to identify when significant changes in sales trends occurred. These changes were compared with dates of government announcements and publications of landmark scientific articles regarding BIA-ALCL. Results: Our data demonstrate that US surgeons tend to prefer larger, smooth round implants compared with European surgeons, who prefer smaller, textured round implants. Despite these differences, medium-sized implants were still the most common size used between both regions. Sales trends illustrate an increase in smooth implants and a decrease in textured implants for both regions. Significant changes in trends align with publication dates of announcements and landmark scientific articles. Conclusions: We demonstrate definitive differences in implant preferences between the USA and Europe. We encourage physicians to continue their pursuit of publishing because it seems these publications affect medical device selection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E3449
JournalPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Global Open
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 19 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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