Mammary Prosthesis


The inscription on the cardboard package reads in part “MISTITM Gel-Filled / Textured Mammary / Prosthesis” and “Manufactured in USA by / Biomanufacturing Incorporated / 2593 North Fairview Avenue / Saint Paul, Minnesota 55113 / FOR / Bioplasty, Incorporated. . .” and “PAT. #4,955,909.” MISTI was an acronym for Molecular Impact Surface Textured Implants. Robert A. Ersek was a plastic surgeon in Austen, Tx. Arthur A. Beisang, Jr. (1932-2018) was a medical entrepreneur in Minneapolis who resigned from the firm in early 1992, shortly after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a moratorium on the use of silicone implants.

Ref: Robert A. Ersek, Arthur A. Beisang, and Arthur A. Beisang III, “Textured Silicone Implant Prosthesis,” U.S. Patent 4,955,909 (Sept. 11, 1990), assigned to Bioplasty, Inc.

“Implant Maker Loses Its Chief,” New York Times (Feb. 26, 1992), p. D3.

Robert A. Ersek, “BioplastiqueTM: A new biphasic polymer for minimally invasive injection implantation,” Asethetic Plastic Surgery 16 (1992): 59-65.

Date Made: 80s

Maker: Bioplasty

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Arthur A. Ciarkowski

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2003.0337.06Catalog Number: 2003.0337.06Accession Number: 2003.0337

Object Name: Breast Implantimplant, mammary

Measurements: overall: 19.5 cm x 19.5 cm x 7 cm; 7 11/16 in x 7 11/16 in x 2 3/4 inoverall: 2 3/4 in x 8 in x 7 5/8 in; 6.985 cm x 20.32 cm x 19.3675 cm


Record Id: nmah_1247452

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