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From ancient statues to modern paintings, the female form has always been considered a work of art. Curves play an integral role in defining the feminine figure. Breast size and shape can also influence a woman’s self image. For those individuals unhappy with their bustline, breast implants can offer several advantages. They can increase wardrobe choices, improve self confidence, and accentuate one’s shape. Dr. Thomas Lintner’s goal is to ensure that patients feel good in their own skin. Advanced Aesthetic Surgery’s Marietta and Woodstock locations now offer Atlanta residents two different options for breast augmentation: silicone breast implants and saline breast implants. Re-released for use in primary augmentation after years of exhaustive study by the FDA in November 2006, silicone breast implants continue to be a safe choice for breast augmentation. Our board-certified plastic surgeon will help you decide which implants best suit your needs.
Silicone Breast Implants- FDA Approved for Safety
Silicone breast implants are one of the most heavily tested products of the past two decades. They were banned for use in primary augmentation in 1992, although continued to be available for reconstruction patients, secondary augmentation and as well as in women born with genetically malformed breasts, because some reports claimed certain medical conditions, such as connective tissue disease, were caused by silicone implant leakage. However, after 14 years and extensive research and tests, those concerns were proven to be unfounded. Also during that time, silicone shell casings were strengthened to help prevent leaking. In November of 2006, the Federal Drug Administration confirmed that silicone breast implants are safe to use for breast augmentation.
In January 2011, the FDA released an advisory statement for women with breast implants. The FDA has not changed the status or availability of breast implants and has reaffirmed that the devices are safe and effective. Please click here for more information. We will continue to follow this story and provide more information as it comes to light.
FDA data shows no correlation between silicone breast implants and disease. Potential long-term complications include leakage and the hardening of the implant pocket; however, these conditions are rare. Dr. Thomas Lintner places such a premium on patient safety that he asks patients to come back once a year, free of charge, for a thorough examination. If any problems are found during these free follow-up visits, they can be diagnosed and treated quickly.
Advantages of Silicone Breast Implants
For results that look and feel natural, Dr. Lintner strongly recommends silicone breast implants. The silicone material closely resembles breast tissue. Silicone is more viscous and ages the breast less than saline because it actually weighs less. In thinner women, rippling and implant palpability is less in silicone than in saline implants. Because silicone breast implants produce results that are so soft and realistic, they are the preferred choice for natural looking breast augmentation.
At your Consult for Silicone Breast Implants
At your consult, after a thorough explanation of your procedure, risks, benefits, recovery and the pros and cons of each type of implant, incisions and all your questions are answered, Dr. Lintner will carefully examine your preferences, and goals, and he’ll help you choose the most appropriate implant material, incision type, and breast size. With his guidance, the decision making process will be easy. As for recovery from this procedure, most patients need approximately a week off of most jobs, more if you have a labor intensive job or do a lot of lifting. We ask that you take a month off the gym and house work and any thing repetitive, but do expect you to be up and around walking after surgery. Also, if you have small children at home, it may be nice if a Grandma can come help for a few days. Another helpful thing to do is enlist the help of your girlfriends with carpool…they’ll be happy to help and we bet you’ll even return the favor when it’s their turn! If you desire fuller, perkier breasts, or if you seek to reclaim the youthful figure you had before pregnancy, contact Advanced Aesthetic Surgery. If you have questions about silicone breast implants or breast augmentation, Dr. Lintner and his caring, attentive staff will be happy to answer them.
Contact Advanced Aesthetic Surgery
Please contact Advanced Aesthetic Surgery to learn more about silicone breast implants. Dr. Lintner has also prepared a breast augmentation document that includes information on both silicone and saline breast implants. View our plastic surgery photo gallery to see before and after photographs of Dr. Lintner’s patients.