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Surgeon Says Replacing Saline with Silicone Gel Implants Takes Only 45 Minutes

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 15, 2009

Many women are opting for silicone gel implants after reviewing the drawbacks and risks associated with saline. Silicone gel implants offer several advantages over saline implants, and may be most suitable for women who want to achieve natural looking results and have implants that feel like real breast tissue.

Plastic surgeon Allan Parungao says that women who already have saline breast implants can undergo a simple breast implant replacement procedure to make the switch to silicone.

Silicone gel breast implants were approved by the FDA in November 2006 and run a lower risk of implant ruptures and leaking. Dr. Parungao points out that, “Until the FDA approved the new silicone gel implants, women having breast augmentation surgery had only one choice: saline implants…but some women – especially those with very large implants – can experience telltale “rippling” around the edges of the implant.” This is why many women are good candidates for the breast implant replacement procedure, and in many cases, the procedure takes 45 minutes or less.

Dr. Parungao uses a special technique where the breast implant replacement is performed under local anesthesia and the patient experiences little or no discomfort. There is virtually no downtime, so the patient can return to work the next day.  (Source: PRWeb.com)

For some women, the cost of silicone gel implants may be covered under the manufacturer’s warranty of the saline implants. If the saline implants have ruptured, the patient may be able to upgrade to silicone gel implants without having to pay several hundred dollars for the procedure.

The FDA has approved silicone gel breast implants for cosmetic surgery in women age 22 and older, and these implants are widely regarded as the most natural-looking option for breast augmentation. More information about silicone implants can be found here.

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