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Do Breast Implants Need to be Changed Every Ten Years?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

A  Los Angeles plastic surgeon is frequently asked by his or her patients whether breast implants need to be changed every 10 years.  A simple answer is no.  Breast implants do not need to be changed if there are no problems with them.  For most patients, Los Angeles breast implants will last a lifetime.  However, some women will need to undergo a second surgery.  There are several reasons for which this may be necessary.  

-          Capsular contracture occurs in about 8-9% (3 year study)  of women undergoing breast augmentation using silicone or saline implants.  Capsular contracture is a thicker than usual capsule that  is formed   around the implant  causing the implant  to feel harder and  deforming its shape. For severe forms of capsular contracture, revision surgery may be necessary to remove or release the capsule.

-          Implant infection requires  implant removal but  fortunately happens very rarely.

-          Implant asymmetry is another reason for which women may seek revision surgery.

-          Implant rupture has an incidence of about 0.5%  for silicone implants and about 3 % for saline implants (3 year study).  Ruptured implants need to be removed.

Today breast Los Angeles breast augmentation is performed primarily using silicone implants. The new generation silicone implants have a lower leak rate than older silicone implants.  Los Angeles breast enlargement has become and more socially acceptable procedure.  Breast augmentation is frequently performed with other procedures such as rhinoplasty Los Angeles, Liposuction Los Angeles, or tummy tuck Los Angeles.

Evolution of Breast Augmentation

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Breast augmentation has become one of the most commonly performed plastic surgical procedures across the world. Many women turn to plastic surgeons to enhance the size of their breasts or restore the breast volume that may have been lost following pregnancy or weight loss. Today breast enlargement procedures are performed using silicone or saline implants. However, in the past other materials were tried.

First breast augmentation was performed using paraffin injection in 1890. This procedure resulted in infections and formation of lumps and thus lost its popularity.    Fat transfer from the abdominal or buttock area to the breasts was attempted in 1920.  Not all of the transplanted fat survived. As some fat went away, breast asymmetry and lumps resulted. Even though this procedure did not gain a wide acceptance at that time, recently some surgeons were able to produce more predictable results with fat transplant.  However, concerns remain whether cancer detection may be obscured with transplanted fat.

In 1960 silicone was introduced for breast augmentation. Initially this was done in the form of silicone injections. The injections resulted in chronic inflammatory lumps called granulomas. Silicone migrated to other parts of the body in some patients. Today silicone injections are FDA approved for breast augmentation. Some physicians or non-physicians still performed silicone injection for breast augmentation, typically outside of the US.

In the mid 1900s polyvinyl sponges were used for breast augmentation. These synthetic sponges hardened producing a hard breast. Additionally, sponge infections and possible link to cancer caused this procedure to be abandoned.   Another unsuccessful material for breast augmentation was soybean oil. Soybean oil implants produced toxic and rancid byproducts and therefore were not approved.

In the 1960s silicone breast implants gained a wide popularity for breast augmentation as they resulted in soft feeling augmented breasts. Due to concerns thatsilicone implants may cause cancer, FDA banned the use of silicone implants for cosmetic breast augmentation but permitted their use for reconstructive purposes through clinical trials. Recently, silicone implants became FDA approved for cosmetic breast enhancement as studies have confirmed their safety.

Today saline filled and silicone gel breast implants are FDA approved for breast augmentation Los Angeles. Recent studies in the US show that the new silicone breast implants have similar complication rate to saline filled breast implants. The new generation of silicone implants are less likely to leak and form capsular contracture than the first generation. Gummy bear breast implants are currently under investigation and will likely gain  FDA approval in the near future.

Vladimir Grigoryants

plastic surgeon Los Angeles

 

Dr. Grigoryants Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon provides plastic surgery services throughout Southern California including Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena, Los Angeles, Encino, Huntington Park, Studio City, Arcadia, Montrose, Hollywood, La Crescenta, La Canada Flintridge, Valencia, Monrovia, Eagle Rock, Altadena, San Marino, Sherman Oaks, Thousand Oaks, North Hollywood, Long Beach, Beverly Hills, Van Nuys, Santa Monica, Calabasas, Palmdale, Fresno, Northridge, and Westlake Village, and Simi Valley.

Our Plastic Surgery center in Glendale, Los Angeles, California specializes primarily in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery inclding breast enlargement, breast augmentation, breast implants, liposuction, tummy tuck, abdominoplasty, cosmetic facelifts, rhinoplasty (nose surgery, nose job), Forehead Lift, Eyelid Surgery and other body contouring procedures. The center led by an expert Los Angeles Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. As a board certified Los Angeles plastic surgeon, Dr. Grigoryants is dedicated to providing high quality yet affordable cosmetic plastic surgery options to Los Angeles patients and being the best plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, Glendale, Pasadena, Beverly Hills.

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