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

younger women who haven’t had children. I use more silicone in women who have had children and/or need breast lifts.”

Dr. Lussier says he believes silicone breast implants are safe; however, there are some disadvantages. “In terms of systemic disease, ‘silicone breast implants’ are very safe. In terms of local complications, there is a higher incidence of capsular contracture, more frequent operations, more costs. With saline implants, patients are more comfortable with this product due to the bad press silicone has had over the years.”

Capsular contracture is the formation of scar tissue around the implant, resulting in a hardened feel and appearance. The condition can be treated with surgery. Dr. Lussier performs a number of different plastic surgery procedures, including breast augmentation, breast implant revision and he says, with any surgical procedure, there are risks of complications – and that includes breast implants of both types. Dr. Lussier says the best thing for patients to do is to have thorough and detailed conversations with their plastic surgeon, exploring all aspects of procedures and getting all of their questions answered so they can make the most educated decision about what’s right for them.

In terms of preference, Dr. Lussier says he has treated patients who have had revision breast augmentation surgery and replaced their original saline breast implants with silicone, which gives them a unique perspective to be able to compare both types of implants. “They much prefer the silicone if there are no problems with capsular contracture.”

Dr. Lussier says the main problem he’s seen with silicone implants is when to exchange them. He says patients should pay attention to the implant manufacturer’s warranty and also follow up periodically with their plastic surgeon. “I usually advise patients to get an MRI at 9 years because this is wit
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