Silicone breast implants again popular for elective cosmetic surgery
On the front of its Personal Journal section, the Wall Street Journal (3/12, D1, Petersen, Subscription Publication, 2.29M) reports on the comeback of silicone breast implants since the FDA lifted its ban in 2006. According to statistics released Tuesday by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 72% of breast-augmentation procedures in the US last year used silicone implants, compared to 28% that used saline implants. This is a significant increase for silicone implants since 2006, when only 19% of breast-augmentation procedures used silicone. Even though silicone implants are now legal, the FDA warned in 2011 that about one-fifth of silicone implant patients will have them removed within 10 years. The Journal also describes advances in silicone-implant technology to prevent them from rupturing and leaking inside the body. Dr. Larry Weinstein of Chester New Jersey reports the positive experience with silicone implants and will be teaching a course on Natural Proportional Breast Augmentation at the Aesthetic meeting in New York city in April. He also reports the new availability of oval shaped silicone implants with a new gel.
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