Sarasota Plastic Surgeon Comments on Safety of Silicone Breast Implants – 3 Years after FDA Approval

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After a 14-year moratorium, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved silicone breast implants for use in breast augmentation procedures for women over age 22, and breast reconstruction procedures for women of any age. 3 years after the FDA’s decision, two plastic surgeons in Sarasota, Florida weigh on their safety and newfound popularity.

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The safety of silicone implants cannot be disputed. There have been a number of well-done, published studies that demonstrate the safety of silicone gel breast implants.

In 2006, the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of silicone breast implants for use in cosmetic surgery and breast reconstruction procedures after more than a decade of intense study and clinical trials to ensure their safety. Today, many plastic surgeons across America are experiencing an upsurge in breast augmentation procedures using silicone, instead of saline, breast implants. Dr. Jeff Scott and Dr. John R. Leikensohn operate The Plastic Surgery Center, a practice offering breast augmentation and plastic surgery in Sarasota, Florida. Dr. Scott says the FDA’s decision was a good one because he says there is no evidence associating silicone implants with any autoimmune disease or any other systemic disease. “The safety of silicone implants cannot be disputed. There have been a number of well-done, published studies that demonstrate the safety of silicone gel breast implants.”

Dr. Scott says that not only are silicone breast implants safe, but also that their popularity is greatly increasing over saline implants. In fact, Dr. Scott says there has been a substantial jump in the number of patients at his Sarasota, Florida breast augmentation practice who opt for silicone breast implants as opposed to saline. “Currently, approximately 60% of my breast augmentation patients elect to have silicone implants and 40% prefer to have saline implants placed.” He says, after having patients feel and hold both silicone and saline implants at their initial consultation, they often see the differences right away. “Both silicone and saline provide excellent breast augmentation results. In comparing the two, silicone implants look and feel the most natural. There tends to be a lower incidence of visible skin rippling with silicone implants, also. The primary disadvantage of silicone implants is that they cost a bit more than saline implants.”

Dr. Scott says many of his patients considering breast implants in Sarasota, Florida are often those who have already had saline breast implants placed; however, they want to have revision breast augmentation surgery in order to switch the saline implants for silicone because of their more natural feel. Dr. Scott says, whether a patient is having breast augmentation for the first time or comes into his practice for revision surgery, he always gives patients full information on risks and benefits of both implants and lets them choose what they feel is best for their needs. “I stress the fact that silicone implants feel more like natural breast tissue than saline implants. However, after we talk about both types of implants in detail, I ultimately prefer the patient to make her own decision.”

In addition to the difference in cost between silicone and saline breast implants, Dr. Scott says the only minor concern about saline implants is the fact that diagnosing a leakage is a bit more difficult than with saline. “However, the leakage rate with the current generation of silicone implants is very low over the long term. If in the rare situation, there is a leak, it is not as much of a concern as it was with older-generation silicone implants due to the ‘cohesive’ nature of the current generation of silicone.”

Dr. Scott says, in the wake of the FDA’s decision to put silicone breast implants back on the market, the feedback he’s gotten from patients has been overwhelmingly positive. “Most all of my patients (and their significant others) absolutely love the look and natural feel of silicone breast implants.”

About The Plastic Surgery Center.
The Plastic Surgery Center has two facilities, located in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida. Both are federal and state licensed ambulatory surgery centers will fully equipped surgical suites.

Dr. John R. Leikensohn is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery as well as the American Board of Otolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Florida Medical Association and the American Society of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Jeff Scott is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Manatee County Medical Society, the Florida Medical Society, and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery.

For more information on breast implants and other aesthetic enhancement procedures, The Plastic Surgery Center can be reached at either of its two locations: Bradenton - 5807 21st Avenue West, Bradenton, Florida 34209, (800) 941-4302; or Sarasota - 1219 East Ave South, Suite 201, Sarasota, Florida 34239, (800) 305-2450. http://www.floridacosmeticsurg.com.

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