Surgeon Says Replacing Saline with Silicone Gel Implants Takes Only 45 Minutes

Many women are opting for silicone gel implants after reviewing the drawbacks and risks associated with saline. Silicone gel implants offer several advantages over saline implants, and may be most suitable for women who want to achieve natural looking results and have implants that feel like real breast tissue.

Plastic surgeon Allan Parungao says that women who already have saline breast implants can undergo a simple breast implant replacement procedure to make the switch to silicone.

Silicone gel breast implants were approved by the FDA in November 2006 and run a lower risk of implant ruptures and leaking. Dr. Parungao points out that, “Until the FDA approved the new silicone gel implants, women having breast augmentation surgery had only one choice: saline implants…but some women – especially those with very large implants – can experience telltale “rippling” around the edges of the implant.” This is why many women are good candidates for the breast implant replacement procedure, and in many cases, the procedure takes 45 minutes or less.

Dr. Parungao uses a special technique where the breast implant replacement is performed under local anesthesia and the patient experiences little or no discomfort. There is virtually no downtime, so the patient can return to work the next day.  (Source: PRWeb.com)

For some women, the cost of silicone gel implants may be covered under the manufacturer’s warranty of the saline implants. If the saline implants have ruptured, the patient may be able to upgrade to silicone gel implants without having to pay several hundred dollars for the procedure.

The FDA has approved silicone gel breast implants for cosmetic surgery in women age 22 and older, and these implants are widely regarded as the most natural-looking option for breast augmentation. More information about silicone implants can be found here.

Further Reading

  • With bathing suit season right around the corner, plastic surgeons across the country are finding more women are booking up appointments for body contouring and breast augmentation procedures. Dr. Michael Niccole, founder and medical director of CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa in Newport Beach, and one of the “Top Plastic Surgeons in America”, reports that his appointment books are full, with a high demand for breast implants, skin tightening procedures and body contouring procedures to help women lose a few inches around the hips and thighs.

  • After the recent health scare involving Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) implants that cost UK taxpayers $3 million, many people are wondering whether demand for cosmetic surgery in the UK will subside. The breast implant scandal raised many concerns about the overall safety and potential risks involved with breast augmentation procedures and other types of implant procedures. Approximately 7,000 women in England were asked to undergo health checks after government officials found that they may have been given faulty breast implants that contained an unauthorized silicone filler. Even though the filler was not thought to be toxic, there were still some safety concerns about the implant itself. Officials found that PIP breast implants have double the rupture rate of other implants and could present a problem now, or in the near future.According to BBC News, approximately 47,000 women in the UK have PIP breast implants. The majority of these implants were inserted during a breast augmentation procedure from private surgeons, instead of through the NHS.

  • We’ve all heard about celebrities going under the knife to improve their looks and enhance their appearance, and while some do manage to enhance their looks with a nip and tuck, others fall victim to a plastic surgery disaster. Celebrities including Tara Reid and Amanda Lepore have been criticized and publicly humiliated after repeat plastic surgery procedures that have led to disaster. Fortunately for stars like Tara Reid, revision surgery has helped to correct the deformities and irregularities caused by the botched procedure. Still, many celebrities aren’t so lucky and have to find ways to mask their anti-aging disaster.

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