Preliminary 3-Year Evaluation of Experience With SilkSurface and VelvetSurface Motiva Silicone Breast Implants: A Single-Center Experience With 5813 Consecutive Breast Augmentation Cases

Aesthet Surg J. 2018 May 15;38(suppl_2):S62-S73. doi: 10.1093/asj/sjx150.


Background: Silicone breast implants have been in use for breast augmentation for more than 50 years, but technological innovation has been lacking in implant design until recently.

Objectives: This study was designed to evaluate the complication and reoperation rates following breast augmentation utilizing the Motiva silicone breast implants.

Methods: This retrospective study evaluated the safety of Motiva implants in 5813 consecutive cases of breast augmentation. Implants with two different textured surfaces were evaluated: SilkSurface (nanotextured) and VelvetSurface (micro-textured).

Results: Implants were placed between April 2013 and April 2016. A total of 44 complications were reported, with an overall complication rate of 0.76%, and the rate of reoperation was 0.76% over an interval of 3 years. There were no late complications and no cases of primary capsular contracture. No differences in complication rates were observed because of the implant date. However, among patients who received implants 300 to 499 cc in volume, complication rates were significantly lower with SilkSurface compared with VelvetSurface implants. Advanced statistical analysis supported the validity of the low complication rate reported in this study.

Conclusions: Overall, these findings suggest that Motiva silicone breast implants are associated with very low rates of complication and reoperation, and that the nano-textured SilkSurface implant is associated with fewer complications than micro-textured implants.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Breast Implantation / adverse effects*
  • Breast Implantation / instrumentation
  • Breast Implantation / methods
  • Breast Implants / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Microscopy, Electron, Scanning
  • Middle Aged
  • Nanostructures / adverse effects
  • Nanostructures / chemistry
  • Postoperative Complications / epidemiology*
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology
  • Reoperation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Silicone Gels / adverse effects
  • Silicone Gels / chemistry
  • Surface Properties
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult


  • Silicone Gels