For many women who want larger breasts, or want their breasts' size and shape to match, or have had a mastectomy and are seeking breast reconstruction, breast augmentation is an effective, highly satisfying solution. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast implant surgery is the top cosmetic surgery performed today.
When I am asked if breast implants are safe, my answer is yes
In over 20 years of performing breast augmentation, I have encountered very few complications. However, I want to make anyone who is considering having breast implants aware of a recent report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons discussing a rare and highly treatable type of lymphoma that can develop around breast implants, particularly those with textured surfaces. (To read the report, click here.)
I only use smooth, not textured, breast implants
To reassure all of my patients with breast implants, as well as those who are considering getting breast implants, I want to state very clearly:
I have always used ONLY smooth implants for my breast augmentation patients, not the textured ones cited in these two sources. The recent concerns do not involve these types of implants and my breast augmentation patients do NOT need to be concerned about this.
Three types of breast implants
There are three types of breast implants available in the United States today:
- Silicone breast implants that are filled with silicone gel
- Saline breast implants that are filled with saline (sterile saltwater)
- Structured, saline-filled implants (Ideal Implant) that combine the natural look and feel of silicone gel with the safety and peace of mind of saline
Most women (and most plastic surgeons, myself included) prefer the look and feel of structured or silicone implants, both of which are generally considered to be more like real breast tissue. Saline implants are more prone to cause rippling of the skin.
The Ideal structured breast implantThe IDEAL IMPLANT has a series of implant shells nested together and two separate chambers that hold saline. It uses an advanced internal structure to control movement of the saline and support the implant edges to reduce collapse and wrinkling.
Approved by the FDA and Health Canada in 2014, the IDEAL IMPLANT has undergone 10 years of development, testing and refinement, including the clinical expertise of numerous plastic surgeons.
Short video about the Ideal structured breast implant
To learn more about the benefits of the Ideal breast implant, watch my short video by clicking on the button below. And as always, please contact me with any questions or concerns you have about this procedure or any of the breast procedures I offer.
If you have breast implants, it's important to have them checked regularly
If you have breast implants—either saline, silicone or structured—and it has been a few years (or more) since your breast implant surgery, it’s important to get them checked for ruptures, slippage, leakage, swelling or any other potential problems. In fact, I highly recommend getting your implants checked once a year. Please make an appointment to come in and see me so I can evaluate the status of your implants, and if there is an issue, catch it early.
Considering breast augmentation?
If you are thinking about having breast implant surgery and would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact me and I will send you additional information prior to your appointment. I will assess the current appearance of your breasts, your reasons for wanting surgery, and your expectations. Then together, we will decide which options will bring you the results you’re looking for.
How to learn more about the breast procedures I offer
You might also find these pages helpful on my website:
- Breast Procedures
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Lift
- Breast Reconstruction
- Breast Reduction
- Breast Revision
Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), Samuel J. Beran, MD is a highly accomplished plastic surgeon with offices in Manhattan, Harrison and Mount Kisco, NY. With more than 20 years’ experience and a thorough command of the most advanced techniques and technologies, Dr. Beran consistently provides his patients with the highest level of plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, face, skin and body. Recently, Dr. Beran was named a “Top Doctor” by RealSelf for his dedication to responding to consumer questions and patient feedback. The “Top Doctor” designation is awarded to less than 10% of the RealSelf physician community.