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What is the difference between smooth and textured breast implants?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
Breast implant surfaces are smooth or textured. Textured implants stay where they are put -- they do not move around. That is an advantage, since a smooth implant scooting around within its pocket can be extremely disconcerting, not to say unnatural. Some believe that textured implants have a lower chance of hardening. The rate of significant scarring is decreased from 15% to 9%. But this advantage comes at a price; it seems that the rupture rate is higher with textured implants. Tissue that grows into the textured surface may cause tethering of the implant, weakening it over the years. Smooth implants, on the other hand, offer less chance of visible wrinkles.
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