Beverly Hills, California Breast Augmentation Surgeon Andrew Cohen, MD Comments on Silicone Implants – 2 Years after FDA Approval

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After more than a decade of controversy, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave approval for silicone breast implants to be used in breast reconstruction and breast augmentation procedures. Two years after the landmark decision, Dr. Andrew T. Cohen offers his views on silicone implants and how patients are responding to them.

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Silicone is softer and more natural… I advise to do a more natural implant. Although I do feel that saline is still a good product for someone looking for an augmentation.

In 2006, 14 years after pulling silicone breast implants from the market for further study, the FDA issued formal approval for their use in breast reconstruction surgeries for patients of any age and breast enlargement procedures for patients age 22 and older. During the absence of silicone breast implants, saline implants became the norm for breast augmentation surgery. However, since they have returned to the market, one prominent plastic cosmetic surgeon in Beverly Hills, California, says the ratio between patients choosing silicone breast implants to saline is now about 50-50.

“Silicone is softer and more natural… I advise to do a more natural implant. Although I do feel that saline is still a good product for someone looking for an augmentation.” Dr. Andrew T. Cohen says he generally tells patients that silicone breast implants are lighter and feel more natural than saline implants. Although saline implants typically require a smaller incision, and problems such as leaks from the implant are easier to detect than with silicone, the silicone implants typically have lower instances of leaking. Dr. Cohen believes silicone implants are “very safe. I have done hundreds with great success.”

In addition to providing first-time patients with silicone breast implants, Dr. Cohen also performs revision breast augmentation surgery for women who have saline implants and would like to switch to silicone. Dr. Cohen says these patients generally tell him they are more satisfied with the silicone implants.

Since the resurgence of silicone breast implants two years ago, many doctors say that it has given patients more plastic surgery options, and allows them to choose for themselves whether silicone or saline implants will be better for their ultimate goals. Practicing at the Lasky Clinic, Dr. Cohen says his Beverly Hills breast augmentation patients are given detailed information on both options at their initial consultation, and he addresses all of their concerns beforehand to make sure they are making the most informed decision possible. Dr. Cohen says he puts a high premium on giving quality care in a safe, confidential environment, and that safety is his highest priority.

Andrew T. Cohen, MD is board-certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgery and a Diplomate with the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Individuals who would like more information on breast implants in Beverly Hills, California can contact Dr. Cohen at 201 South Lasky Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 – (310) 659-8771, or through his website at http://www.drandrewcohen.com .

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