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Two Years after FDA Approves Silicone Breast Implants, Atlanta-area Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon Dr. Tom Lintner Discusses Their Safety
Date:2/10/2009

For the growing number of patients considering surgery for breast enhancement, one of the major decisions they face is the choice between silicone or saline implants. One Georgia cosmetic plastic surgeon offers his views on silicone breast implants, two years after their approval by the Food and Drug Administration for breast reconstruction and breast augmentation procedures.

(Vocus) February 10, 2009 -- In 2006, after an exhaustive and thorough patient study on the safety of silicone gel implants for breast augmentation surgery, the FDA issued its stamp of approval for cosmetic plastic surgeons to use them in breast reconstruction procedures for women of any age, and breast augmentation procedures for women over the age of 22.

“I generally recommend silicone for several reasons. First is safety.” Dr. Tom Lintner is an Atlanta, Georgia-area cosmetic plastic surgeon who has always preferred silicone implants for his patients. The ratio between silicone breast implant procedures and saline implant procedures Dr. Lintner performs at his practice is at least 10 to 1. He says that with proper follow-up, the safety of silicone implants is equal to saline, if not safer. “The reason that the FDA allowed silicone implants for primary augmentation in 2006 was that after 14 years of intensive study, they could not find any proof of any kind that silicone was harmful. There have been 3 generations of breast implants…the 1st generation Dow Corning implants were ‘thin shelled and thin gelled’ and were just not made as well as they are now. The same can be said about the 2nd generation. Now, with a much thicker shell and a lot more knowledge about placement and follow-up, we are much better able
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