SOURCE: Aesthetic Surgery of Virginia

Aesthetic Surgery of Virginia

June 04, 2013 05:01 ET

Virginia Plastic Surgeon Outlines Key Information About Silicone and Saline Implants

Dr. Enrique Silberblatt Discusses the difference Between Silicone and Saline Breast Implants, and What Advantages Each Type of Implant May Offer

ROANOKE, VA--(Marketwired - Jun 4, 2013) - Dr. Enrique Silberblatt, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Virginia, counsels his patients to ensure they are making an educated decision when electing to undergo breast augmentation. He covers the benefits of both silicone and saline implants when making a recommendation for the best possible outcome for the patient. As a rule of thumb, to begin consultations, Dr. Silberblatt says he generally will suggest a silicone implant for patients who are thinner, because saline implants may show rippling on leaner body types, and his ultimate goal is a natural and complementary outcome that enhances the patient's overall aesthetic.

Patients are usually able to choose the type of implant used in their surgery, but there are certain restrictions, depending on the situation. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved saline breast implants for patients 18 and over, and silicone breast implants for patients 22 and over. However, silicone implants are approved for breast reconstruction procedures in women of any age.

In addition to the different types of implants, there are different options for placement of the implants during breast augmentation. Dr. Silberblatt says he usually places the implant beneath the patient's pectoral muscle, in order to appear more natural. This placement will also reduce the chance of rippling, as well as allow for a better view during regular screening mammograms. Dr. Silberblatt notes that although both silicone and saline implants may be used when the implant is placed under the pectoral muscle, he prefers to use silicone when placing an implant over the muscle. He stresses the importance of informing and guiding each patient so they are able to make the final decision when it comes to both the type of implant and the placement.

No matter which type of implant is chosen, Dr. Silberblatt is careful to discuss the importance of maintenance and potential risks associated with this procedure. He notes that although there has been past speculation that breast implants may be linked to rheumatoid arthritis, several studies were recently released concluding that no correlation was found after over ten years of follow-up. For basic maintenance, however, the FDA offers some key advice for patients:

  • Have a screening MRI every three years to monitor the integrity of the implant's shell
  • If a tear is detected, have the implant removed and replaced immediately

Dr. Silberblatt highly recommends potential patients keep all of these facts and risk factors in mind prior to making a decision regarding breast augmentation surgery. In consultations with his Virginia plastic surgery patients, he discusses options with the patient and helps them to determine which choice will be best in order to meet their needs. To learn more about breast augmentation surgery, Dr. Silberblatt encourages patients to schedule a consultation with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. 

About Enrique A. Silberblatt, MD, FACS

Dr. Enrique Silberblatt is a graduate of Princeton University and received his medical degree from New York Medical College. He is certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Silberblatt completed his General Surgery residency at the University of Massachusetts and his Plastic Surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also credited with establishing the first microsurgery lab in Roanoke.

Dr. Silberblatt is available for interview upon request.

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