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Dr. Otto Placik
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Breast Implants (Overview)

A medical device that is used to augment the size of the breast by increasing the volume of the breast mound. Implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures and are surgically inserted either under the breast tissue or in a deeper plane under the muscle. The shell of the implant is made of a flexible silicone elastomer. The inside is filled with either silicone gel or saline fluid.


Dr. Frederick Coville
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What size breast implants should I go for or should I let my boyfriend decide?

What size breast implants should I go for or should I let my boyfriend decide?

You decide: Please don't let anyone else tell you what to do with your body. A good plastic surgeon should discuss your motivations for surgery as well as your desires -- and it should be done with you alone. You should not allow anyone to make you feel that a surgical procedure is somehow a "deal breaker" for your relationship. Think about this carefully and speak frankly and openly with your plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Otto Placik
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Breast Implants (Overview)

A medical device that is used to augment the size of the breast by increasing the volume of the breast mound. Implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures and are surgically inserted either under the breast tissue or in a deeper plane under the muscle. The shell of the implant is made of a flexible silicone elastomer. The inside is filled with either silicone gel or saline fluid.


Dr. Jason Lichten
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How often do replace breast implants?

When needed: People have heard that you need to change the implants every 10 years. In reality, you only need to change the implants if there is a problem. On average, about 1 in 5 women will have a second surgery on their breast implants within 10 years, whether saline or silicone. Silicone do last longer. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
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What is the definition or description of: breast implants?

Breast Implant: A medical device that is used to augment the size of the breast by increasing the volume of the breast mound. Implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures and are surgically inserted either under the breast tissue or in a deeper plane under the muscle. The shell of the implant is made of a flexible silicone elastomer. The inside is filled with either silicone gel or saline fluid. ...Read more

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Dr. Azita Madjidi
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Dr. Otto Placik
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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Can you tell me about breast implants permanently removed?

Can you tell me about breast implants permanently removed?

Simple or ruptured?: It depends on your unique circumstances. If you have an uncomplicated saline implant, implant removal can be quite simple and carried out under local anesthesia. If you have a "generation 2" silicone implant that has been ruptures and neglected for several years, removal can be considerably more complicated. In some cases a lift may be needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Kristi Sumpter
Board Certified, Cosmetic Surgery, American Board of Cosemic Surgery
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How safe is breast implants?

How safe is breast implants?

Safety of implants: Breast implants are very safe. Complications from breast augmentation surgery are uncommon. FDA approved implants are either saline-filled, which the body absorbs naturally in case of a puncture, or silicone-gel filled, which is the second generation of silicone-filled implants. In case of a punctured silicone-gel implant the silicone is made so that it remains in place even if punctured. ...Read more

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Dr. Otto Placik
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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Can a type 1 diabetic safely get her breast implants?

Can a type 1 diabetic safely get her breast implants?

SAFE w preparation: The risk of surgery is no greater for breast implants in diabetic individuals as any other procedure in a diabetic patient. The same concerns such as wound healing or infection are present and should be addressed. Tight control of the diabetes as well as close peri-operative monitoring of blood sugars with management guided by your physicians, surgeons, and anesthesiologist are advised. ...Read more

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Dr. Todd Sisto
Board Certified, Breast Surgery
31 years in practice
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What are the risk in getting breast implants?

Like any surgery...: ...Infection, bleeding etc. Also, more specific to breast aug are: capsular contracture, displacement, asymmetry, loss of feeling, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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Is a mammogram with breast implants effective?

Yes: You will probably have to get a few extra views to visualize all breast tissue but this is not a big deal. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Buford
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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How can string breast implants work?

Not a good technique: In the past, a few surgeons have used suture material to effectively enhance cup size as an alternative to breast implants. The reason for this varied but generally had to do with the fact that the strings could increase the cup size far larger than the largest implants. At this point, i don't know of any reputable plastic surgeon performing this technique. ...Read more

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Implant (Definition)

An implant is a medical device manufactured to replace a missing biological structure, support a damaged biological structure, or enhance an existing biological structure. Medical implants are man-made devices, in contrast to a transplant, which is ...Read more


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