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Breast Implants

When is the BEST time to have Breast Augmentation?

With all the talk about better a better recovery time when you have breast implants, like Dr. Epstein’s One Day Recovery™ where you can resume normal activity the afternoon of surgery, it would be easy to think that you could wait until the last minute, have breast augmentation and head to the beach –…

Facts About Mammograms and Breast Implants

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. It’s an important time to spread awareness about the disease, and stress the importance of early detection. Mammography is a proven method for early detection which can greatly improve the chances of survival. For a little over a decade, it was suspected that breast implants and breast…

FDA approves new silicone gel breast implants

Today the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Sientra Silimed brand silicone breast implants. Up til now, the only approved manufacturers of silicone gel breast implants available for use in the United States are Allergan and Mentor. Now, Sientra enters the market as the third such approved manufacturer. Like Allergan and Mentor, Sientra was…

Recent problem with breast implants in France

On March 30, 2010, France’s health regulators issued a recall of all pre-filled silicone breast implants manufactured by Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), a company based in southern France. The breast implant recall is said to affect an estimated 35,000 to 45,000 women worldwide. AFSSAPS, the health regulatory agency of France, discovered an unauthorized type…

Recovery from breast augmentation in just 24 hours – How to know you are getting the real thing

In 2002, my good friend, colleague and mentor, Dr. John Tebbetts described an entirely new approach to breast augmentation. His procedure, which yielded a recovery from breast augmentation in 24 hours, is radically different than current breast augmentation techniques. What he created is a system for breast augmentation that is based upon the measurement…

Breast Implant profile: Low, Medium, High, Extra High – Which to pick?

Occasionally, during consultations, my patients have particular ideas about which implant profile they would like. For those of you who are not sure about what I am referring to, implant profile describes the way the volume within an implant is distributed in terms of its base width and the height (forward projection). A low…

Food and Drug Administration Affirms Safety of Breast Implants

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) met to evaluate current information regarding the safety of silicone gel filled breast implants. William Maisel, MD MPH, chief scientist for the FDA center for devices stated that silicone gel implants were safe. In Nov, 2006, after 15 years of scientific study, the FDA approved silicone…

Heidi Montag’s Plastic Surgery Disaster

While doing some grocery shopping tonight (yes, plastic surgeons do grocery shopping – my spouse is a dermatologist so we split the household chores) I saw this month’s Life & Style cover story “Heidi’s New Surgery Disaster.” Being a cosmetic plastic surgeon this naturally piqued my curiosity so I bought the magazine and read…

What are the challenges of breastfeeding after implants?

Occasionally, during a breast augmentation consultation with me in our Stony Brook plastic surgery practice, a woman expresses concerns about her ability to breastfeed later on, should she wish to do so. With so many women committed to breastfeeding their infants, I want to be certain you have the facts about breast enhancements and…

Silicone vs. Saline Breast Implants – What are the differences?

Silicone is material that has a rubbery texture. A breast implant consists of a solid silicone shell (bag) filled with either saline (salt water) or silicone gel. All breast implants are made by spraying a mold with or dipping a mold into liquid silicone. When the silicone dries, the implant is then peeled off…

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