Ft. Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon Discusses Four Year Anniversary of FDA Approval of Silicone Implants

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Dr. Robert Rothfield, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Ft. Lauderdale, discusses the four-year anniversary of the United States Food and Drug Administration’s decision to re-approve the use of silicone breast implants after a rigorous 14-year evaluation and patient follow-up.

Dr. Robert Rothfield Weston Plastic Surgery Ft. Lauderdale FL

In the unlikely event that the implant shell was to break, the silicone holds together uniformly and does not leak out into the surrounding tissue.

At his Ft. Lauderdale plastic surgery practice, Dr. Robert Rothfield recently discussed the fourth anniversary of the FDA’s re-approval of the use of silicone breast implants. Because of wide-spread speculation regarding the safety of silicone gel-filled implants, the FDA placed a moratorium on their use in 1992 to allow for further evaluation of patient safety and overall effectiveness. Following in-depth studies focused on the benefits and risks of silicone breast implants, and a review of a number of extensive clinical trials concerning the effect on the body, the FDA determined silicone gel-filled implants were safe for breast reconstruction patients of any age, and breast augmentation patients 22 years of age and older.

Despite the moratorium, breast surgery in general continued to advance technologically. Dr. Rothfield says the silicone breast implants he uses for breast augmentation in Ft. Lauderdale are extremely different from the silicone implants used until 1992. The old silicone implants often had a thin outer shell and were filled with silicone the consistency of honey or molasses that could potentially leak if the structure of the implant was compromised. However, Dr. Rothfield says the new implants have a more durable outer shell, and are filled with a cohesive, gelatin-like silicone that acts more as a solid than a liquid. “In the unlikely event that the implant shell was to break, the silicone holds together uniformly and does not leak out into the surrounding tissue.”

Whether he is performing a breast augmentation or tummy tuck in Ft. Lauderdale, Dr. Rothfield says patient safety is of the highest concern at his plastic surgery practice. To further promote patient safety as he helps his patients achieve a greater confidence in their aesthetic appearance, he says patient education also plays an important role in the overall success of any cosmetic enhancement procedure; this is especially true when performing a procedure such as breast augmentation or reconstruction because of the varying benefits associated with silicone and saline breast implants.

While Dr. Rothfield specializes in a number of plastic surgery procedures such as liposuction in Ft. Lauderdale, he says he has specific interest in the area of breast augmentation, as he served as an investigator for both of the FDA studies concerning the use of silicone breast implants. He says as the fourth anniversary of the re-approval of silicone implants approaches, he is confident in the safety and effectiveness of both saline and silicone breast implants, and looks forward to further verification from the ongoing studies being conducted by the FDA.

About Dr. Rothfield

Dr. Robert Rothfield earned his medical degree from the University of Miami, and then completed eight years of specialized training in plastic surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Rothfield is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and is a member of the Broward County Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Broward County Medical Association, the Miami Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Florida Medical Association among many other prestigious organizations.

Dr. Rothfield’s Weston Plastic Surgery practice is located at 2300 N. Commerce Pkwy., Ste. 202 in Weston, FL 33326, and can be reached at (866) 417-6996 or http://www.westonplasticsurgery.com/

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