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Valencia, California, Plastic Surgeon Weighs in on Silicone Breast Implants – 3 Years After FDA Approval
Date:11/13/2009

Nearly three years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of silicone implants for breast augmentation procedures in women over the age of 22, and breast reconstruction procedures for patients of any age. The FDA’s decision capped a controversy that spanned more than a decade, and one plastic surgeon in Valencia, California says, while silicone implants are safe, there are still disadvantages.

(Vocus) November 13, 2009 -- In 1991, the FDA pulled silicone breast implants off the market for further study of their safety. Over the next 14 years, the implants would become the subjects of intense research, clinical trials, and fierce controversy. In 2006, the FDA approved them for use, and plastic surgeons across the country have experienced an uptick in procedures involving silicone breast implants, as opposed to their saline counterparts.

Dr. Marc Lussier is the medical director of Town Center Surgery, a practice in Valencia, California offering plastic surgery to Bakersfield and the surrounding region. He says, although the ratio between silicone and saline breast implant procedures he performs is about even, the demand for silicone implants at his Valencia Bakersfield area breast augmentation practice is increasing – possibly due to the fact that silicone offers a softer, more natural feel and appearance. “Saline is more artificial-looking, not as soft. I tend to use saline in
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