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I want to have breast reconstruction, but am concerned from the horror stories about silicone implants. What should I do?
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Dr. Tito Vasquez
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree
In brief: Talk with surgeon
I always encourage patients to trust their instincts.
However you should always ask many questions and become as educated as you can regarding your surgery. If you still have reservations, i would go with your gut and avoid any potential problems. A good surgeon will always give you informed answer as well as the risks and benefits of any option.

In brief: Talk with surgeon
I always encourage patients to trust their instincts.
However you should always ask many questions and become as educated as you can regarding your surgery. If you still have reservations, i would go with your gut and avoid any potential problems. A good surgeon will always give you informed answer as well as the risks and benefits of any option.
Dr. Tito Vasquez
Dr. Tito Vasquez
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Dr. David Yan
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree
In brief: See plastic surgeon
Breast implants have been shown to be extremely safe.
If you still have significant reservations about implants, you should talk to a plastic surgeon who is well versed in autologous reconstruction to see if tissue could be taken from your abdomen, inner thigh, or buttocks to reconstruct you breasts.

In brief: See plastic surgeon
Breast implants have been shown to be extremely safe.
If you still have significant reservations about implants, you should talk to a plastic surgeon who is well versed in autologous reconstruction to see if tissue could be taken from your abdomen, inner thigh, or buttocks to reconstruct you breasts.
Dr. David Yan
Dr. David Yan
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Dr. Robert Stroup
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Get informed
There are many options for breast reconstruction, with and without breast implants.
And most of the horror stories you have heard are simply not true. Have a consultation with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon and get the facts.

In brief: Get informed
There are many options for breast reconstruction, with and without breast implants.
And most of the horror stories you have heard are simply not true. Have a consultation with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon and get the facts.
Dr. Robert Stroup
Dr. Robert Stroup
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Dr. Richard Baxter
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Silicone is safe
There is no medical device that has been more intensively studied than silicone breast implants, and the fda has confirmed that they are safe and effective.
Breast reconstruction with implants is very often the best choice for reconstruction, especially with increasing use of skin-nipple sparing mastectomy. Talk to a plastic surgeon before mastectomy if possible.

In brief: Silicone is safe
There is no medical device that has been more intensively studied than silicone breast implants, and the fda has confirmed that they are safe and effective.
Breast reconstruction with implants is very often the best choice for reconstruction, especially with increasing use of skin-nipple sparing mastectomy. Talk to a plastic surgeon before mastectomy if possible.
Dr. Richard Baxter
Dr. Richard Baxter
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Dr. Robert Whitfield
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Breast cancer
You should consider immediate breast reconstruction.
You can find plastic surgeons in your area who perform reconstructions as well as those you breast surgeon should recommend. The forms of reconstruction after mastectomy are fat grafting with brava, single stage and two stage implant, flap surgery such the diep and and combination of these techniques.

In brief: Breast cancer
You should consider immediate breast reconstruction.
You can find plastic surgeons in your area who perform reconstructions as well as those you breast surgeon should recommend. The forms of reconstruction after mastectomy are fat grafting with brava, single stage and two stage implant, flap surgery such the diep and and combination of these techniques.
Dr. Robert Whitfield
Dr. Robert Whitfield
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Dr. Richard Tholen
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Older implant issues
Many of the "horror stories" are related to either older generations of implants that are no longer in use today, or to "junk science" popularized by the media.
Present-day implants are safe, effective for their intended use, and any reputable abps-certified plastic surgeon can discuss these as well as other reconstructive options in detail. Don't fall for urban legends, even if seem reasonable!

In brief: Older implant issues
Many of the "horror stories" are related to either older generations of implants that are no longer in use today, or to "junk science" popularized by the media.
Present-day implants are safe, effective for their intended use, and any reputable abps-certified plastic surgeon can discuss these as well as other reconstructive options in detail. Don't fall for urban legends, even if seem reasonable!
Dr. Richard Tholen
Dr. Richard Tholen
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Dr. Alex Lechtman
Surgery - Plastics
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Please talk with a plastic surgeon. They will give you the best info on the current state of the art.

In brief: Read Below
There is no way to answer that in 400 characters.
Please talk with a plastic surgeon. They will give you the best info on the current state of the art.
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Dr. Alex Lechtman
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Dr. Rimma Finkel
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Talk to you surgeon
Though silicone implants have been shown to be safe in multiple studies, if you are uncomfortable with the idea of silicone implants, i would suggest that you speak to your plastic surgeon about tissue reconstruction, either pedicled or free, as well as saline implants.
There are other options for reconstruction other than implants.

In brief: Talk to you surgeon
Though silicone implants have been shown to be safe in multiple studies, if you are uncomfortable with the idea of silicone implants, i would suggest that you speak to your plastic surgeon about tissue reconstruction, either pedicled or free, as well as saline implants.
There are other options for reconstruction other than implants.
Dr. Rimma Finkel
Dr. Rimma Finkel
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