Plastic Surgeons Reflect on 50 Years of Silicone Breast Implants

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Plastic Surgery Center of the South's 3 board-certified plastic surgeons in Atlanta look at the history of silicone breast implants and comment on how innovations help to create personalized results.

For the past 5 decades, surgeons have been enhancing women's appearance and confidence, thanks to a revolutionary invention: the silicone gel breast implant. Dr. E. Anthony Musarra II, Dr. James E. Leake and Dr. Michael Petrosky are board-certified plastic surgeons in the Atlanta area at Plastic Surgery Center of the South in Marietta. The 3 doctors agree that 50 years is a remarkable lifespan for any device in modern medicine.

Aesthetic Surgery Journal ( recently published a report chronicling the history of the silicone breast implant.

"A medical device that is still around half a century after its inception – that's an amazing occurrence," Dr. Musarra says. "While there have been advancements, it's essentially the same technology, and it still enables us to produce great results for patients with incredibly high success rates."

The 3 surgeons, who specialize in breast implants in Atlanta and the surrounding area, are celebrating 15 years in practice together. Their firsthand knowledge and extensive experience makes them extremely familiar with the evolution of breast implants.

"It is a very precise procedure now," Dr. Leake says. "Decades of evidence-based research and clinical experience have proved silicone breast implants to be safe for patients. Methods and materials have changed for the better, and inventive products and methods give patients and surgeons options that enable us to create more natural-looking results."

Silicone gel breast implants vary in size, shape, texture and profile. Given these choices, in addition to a variety of placement methods, each implant procedure can be designed to meet the patient's individual aesthetic goals.

With 316,848 procedures in 2011, breast augmentation was the second most common aesthetic surgery in the United States, according to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Breast augmentations trailed only liposuction, with 325,332 procedures.

"Breast augmentation in the Atlanta, GA area is a popular cosmetic enhancement," Dr. Petrosky says, "because it accomplishes a great deal for a woman's appearance and self-confidence. It's gratifying to be able to help people feel better about themselves."


Plastic Surgery Center of the South ( is in Marietta, GA, only minutes away from Atlanta and many of its suburbs. The practice's 3 board-certified plastic surgeons have more than 70 years of combined surgical experience. Most of the cosmetic surgery procedures they offer are performed in the practice's state-of-the-art outpatient surgical facility, which offers the latest safety innovations and modern comforts. The surgeons also retain staff privileges at nearby Wellstar Kennestone Hospital and Marietta Surgical Center for more extensive cosmetic or reconstructive surgeries.

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