With over 415,000 breast augmentations and breast reconstructions performed in the United States in 2018,1 a U.S. Food and Drug Administration hearing on the benefits and risks of implants indicated for breast augmentation and reconstruction,2 and the omnipresent megaphone of social media facilitating the spread of misinformation just as quickly and facilely as it is spreading true science, it is more important than ever to publish peer-reviewed scientific articles on the facts, safety, best-use practices, and technological advances of breast implants. We have published a growing number of articles in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PRS) and in our sister publication PRS Global Open examiniing these devices.3,4 And, as the number-one plastic surgery Journal in the world, we at PRS have worked for years with industry partners, academic minds, and trusted practitioners from across many disciplines to bring you supplemental issues devoted to the latest in the science of reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery, including advances in technique, investigations into new technologies, and in-depth assessments of safety, risks, and benefits.5–10
In that vein, I present the newest special supplement in our series on the latest advances in breast surgery: “Utilizing a Spectrum of Cohesive Implants in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery.” This supplement includes new articles covering form stability, implant surface options, two-stage prepectoral breast reconstruction, tissue perfusion, outcomes and more, written by leading experts on the topic. I know you will find this 10-chapter supplement as engaging, timely, and useful as I do.
The techniques presented in this supplement to PRS do not necessarily represent best practices or endorsed techniques of the Guest Editors, Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Board, American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), or Wolters Kluwer Health. Publication of these supplements does not constitute product or sponsor endorsement by this Journal or the ASPS. This supplement was made possible by a sponsorship from Allergan and Acelity. Some current and past Advisors, investigators, and consultants to Allergan did serve among the guest editors and authors on the chapters herein, as allowed by the ASPS Supplement Publication Policy; all authors are listed on the manuscripts as authors or acknowledged participators, as PRS does not support ghost writing. As with all PRS articles, financial disclosure statements are provided for each article and, with all supplements, they are intentionally and redundantly included as an appendix, for your convenience. None of the materials contained in this supplement are considered to be practice guidelines or best medicine protocols, but are merely the authors’ collective experience and expertise in the prescribed area. These articles have been rigorously peer-reviewed and revised before acceptance.
I am very grateful for the dedication, passion, guidance, and earnestness of this supplement’s guest editors, Allen Gabriel, M.D., G. Patrick Maxwell, M.D., and Joseph Disa, M.D., who helped guide this supplement to completion.
I must also thank the group of plastic and reconstructive surgeons who served as authors, and to those who served as expert, unbiased, and efficient peer reviewers. These women and men worked on important topics and remained proficient, meticulous, and dependable. This supplement would not have been possible without them.
As indicated previously, the publication of this supplement was made possible by a sponsorship from Allergan and Acelity. On behalf of the ASPS Executive Committee, the PRS and PRS Global Open Managing Committee, and the PRS Editorial Board, I would like to thank these supporters for their dedication to advancing the plastic surgery literature. All financial declarations/affiliations of the authors have been intentionally and redundantly disclosed and printed in this supplement.
Finally, I am grateful for our gifted and resolute publishing team at Wolters Kluwer Health and the amazing Editorial Office team, especially Editorial Coordinator Christina Carson and Senior Managing Editor Aaron Weinstein. The Editorial and Publishing team’s reliability, precision, and dynamism help us continually make PRS the number-one journal in the field.
3. Wan D, Rohrich RJ. Making sense of implant “profile” in breast augmentation. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2017;5:e1343.
4. Wan D, Rohrich RJ. Modern primary breast augmentation: best recommendations for best results. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018;142:933e–946e.
5. Rohrich RJ. Sientra® shaped and round cohesive gel implants. Plast Reconstr Surg.2014;134(1 Suppl):1S–2S.
6. Rohrich RJ. Shaped silicone gel implants: Mentor® memoryshape breast implant. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014;134(3 Suppl):1S–3S.
7. Colwell AS, Disa JJ, Kim JYS. Advances in Breast Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017;140(5 Suppl):1S–86S.
8. Glasberg SB, Maxwell GP, Nahabedian MY. Prepectoral Breast Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017;140(6 Suppl):1S–52S.
9. Calobrace MB. Sientra Shaped and Round Cohesive Gel Implants: Long-Term Safety Outcomes. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018;141(4 Suppl):1S–48S.
10. Rohrich RJ. A review of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019;143(3 Suppl):1S–2S.