The Future of Silicone Breast Implants

May 05, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Health News
Silicone breast implants have been the subject of a great deal of controversy. But now, after more than ten years of scientific study, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved silicone gel breast implants for general usage. They are now available to all women ages 22 and higher for both reconstructive and cosmetic breast surgery.

One prominent plastic surgeon in California notes that the availability of silicone implants will greatly expand the options for women seeking cosmetic breast augmentation. Dr. Lloyd Krieger, the founder and Medical Director of Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills notes that in many situations, they have real advantages over saline breast implants.

Dr. Krieger goes on, "They tend to look and feel more natural than saline implants. They are less prone to rippling or crinkling which can sometimes be felt and occasionally can become visible under the skin. They are lighter than silicone implants." However, Dr. Krieger says, they are thought by some to have a higher rate of capsular contracture, which is scarring around the implant and can make the breasts hard. This is of concern to people seeking breast augmentation Beverly Hills

Los Angeles cosmetic surgery is likely to see an increase to in the use of silicone breast implants. In countries where both silicone and saline implants have been available the vast majority of patients and surgeons select silicone implants. This is testimony to their advantages. Krieger describes that "In the US, we are likely to see a large number of patients select silicone breast implants. That is already the case as I see people interested in breast augmentation in California."

But California plastic surgeon Krieger says there will still be a place for saline implants. "Some people might simply prefer not to have silicone placed in their body. Silicone implants are more expensive than saline implants. In some cases, the implant is used as a sort of platform to elevate the normal breast tissue rather than to give the breast the entirety of its shape. In this situation, saline implants function just about as effectively as silicone implants. When people seek plastic surgery in Southern California, they want to know all their options," Krieger concludes.

Silicone implants have not been shown to cause autoimmune diseases such as arthritis and lupus, as had been feared. But patients should realize that any breast augmentation procedure is essentially temporary. Body shape and anatomy can change, there might be problems with healing or the body's reaction to the implant. At some point, it is likely that additional procedures may be necessary.

"California breast augmentation has many benefits, but a lifetime with the same implants in place is usually not one of them. Even when do the perfect augmentation," according to Krieger.

"At Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery, where we do a lot of breast augmentation in Los Angeles, we are already doing quite a few breast augmentations with silicone breast implants. I expect we will see many more people interested in the procedure in the next few months," Krieger concludes.

About Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery:
Nestled next to Chanel, Armani, Cartier and others, Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery is the first and only plastic surgery center at Beverly Hills' ultimate address, Rodeo Drive. The center provides silicone breast implants to perform Beverly Hills breast enhancement. Their web site provides views of Los Angeles plastic surgery pictures

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