About the Breast Implant Follow-up Study (BIFS)
Power of One, Strength of Many
BIFS is an important research study that you voluntarily joined at the time of your breast implant surgery. As a participant in BIFS, you agreed to complete a questionnaire once a year and to return to your surgeon at years 1, 4, and 10 for a physical exam. By fulfilling that commitment, you and the other 2,700 women who are a part of the BIFS community are contributing to the health and safety of all women with breast implants. We’re in this together.
BIFS STUDY INFORMATION
Annual Questionnaire for 10 Years, Follow-up Visits at Years 1, 4, and 10
The BIFS study is a large, multicenter study being conducted to evaluate the long-term safety and performance of NATRELLE® silicone gel-filled breast implants compared with saline-filled implants. Participants are asked to complete an online health questionnaire annually for 10 years and to attend a physical exam with their surgeon (or a telemedicine visit) at years 1, 4, and 10 after their implant surgery.
The information obtained in the questionnaires and exams from women with silicone implants will be compared to women with saline implants (or national norms) regarding health concerns such as:
- Adverse events, implant complication rates, pregnancy outcomes, problems related to lactation, effects on mammography, and effects on satisfaction with breasts and psychosocial well-being
By completing your annual questionnaires and attending your follow-up visits, you provide valuable safety information that helps all breast implant recipients.