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Breast Implants

At Annapolis Aesthetic Surgery, Inc., we provide the most advanced technologies to help our patients enhance their natural beauty. Individuals who are interested in breast augmentation at our practice can customize their operation according to their specific needs and goals. Dr. Marcia V. Ormsby is a skilled cosmetic plastic surgeon with extensive training in these technologies and techniques so patients can benefit from minimal downtime and the most natural-looking results. She is proud to be one of the few surgeons in the area to offer patients FDA-approved silicone breast implants for their augmentation needs. These implants are made with gel instead of liquid silicone, and because they are solid, they look all-natural and are safe in the event of rupture. Dr. Marcia V. Ormsby has had continued success with silicone gel breast implants, and recommends them for the most successful augmentation results.

History of Breast Implants

The history of breast implants as we know it today dates back to the 1960s. Two Texas plastic surgeons, Frank Gerow and Thomas Cronin, developed the first silicone breast implant. The implants were made of a pocket filled with silicone gel, which became popular for the next 30 years. Saline breast implants were invented in 1965 by a French surgeon, but many women preferred their silicone counterparts because it provided a more natural look and feel than saline.

In the early ’90s, concerns rose over the safety of silicone breast implants as a possible link between leakage and cancer, arthritis, lupus, and other diseases was discovered. Studies suggested that the silicone used in the breast implants might actually break down into carcinogenic substances in the body. In 1991, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked silicone implant manufacturers, Mentor Corporation and Inamed™, to submit evidence that their products were safe and effective. However, information was not available at the time, and by 1992, the FDA asked surgeons to stop using silicone implants until a series of controlled studies could review their safety.

Silicone Gel Breast Implants Proven Safe

In November 2006, after more than a decade of research, silicone gel breast implants were re-approved by the FDA as a safe option for augmentation surgery and reintroduced on the U.S. market. This lift on the ban came after long-term studies showed that there was no connection between silicone breast implants and serious autoimmune or chronic diseases such as cancer and connective tissue disease. Research showed that:

  • Silicone implants do not make a difference in the prevalence of breast cancer in women — breast cancer is no more common in women with silicone breast implants.
  • There is no evidence to prove that breastfeeding is unsafe for women with silicone breast implants.
  • There is no evidence that children born to women with silicone breast implants are more at risk for health conditions.

In addition, many of the issues concerning the rupture and leakage of silicone implants were addressed with new and improved shell materials, making the implants much safer than the ones used previously for breast augmentation.

Although the FDA approved the use of silicone breast implants for women over age 22, a number of conditions must be met by the two major manufacturers of the implants, Mentor Corporation and Inamed™. For example, they must conduct follow-up studies over the next ten years on women who received the implants. Although silicone breast implants have been approved, they are not without risks. Silicone breast implants carry their own risks, which can be discussed during your initial consultation at our practice.

If you would like to learn more about the safety of silicone breast implants for augmentation surgery, please do not hesitate to call our practice and schedule a consultation with Dr. Marcia V. Ormsby. She has extensive experience using silicone breast implants for breast enhancement, and can address any questions or concerns you may have.

Silicone Gel Breast Implants — The Better Breast Augmentation Option

Dr. Marcia V. Ormsby uses silicone gel breast implants to help patients enhance their natural curves. The fill volume of the implants is set before surgery according to the projection size goals of the patient. Silicone breast implants can also be placed in a variety of positions, either behind the chest muscles or in front of the chest muscles and behind the breast tissue, depending on the patient’s needs and preferences.  Silicone breast implants have several benefits, as they can provide a shapelier contour for women with naturally small breasts, and the feel of silicone implants is very similar to that of natural breast tissue. In addition, because silicone breast implants are made of gel, they will not lose shape in the event of a rupture like saline implants would.

Your Breast Augmentation Decision

Dr. Marcia V. Ormsby has had much success at her practice using silicone breast implants during augmentation surgery. She encourages the use of silicone breast implants over saline implants because they provide a more natural look and feel to the breasts.

Ultimately, however, the decision to use saline or silicone breast implants during augmentation surgery rests with the patient. If you are interested in breast augmentation surgery, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Marcia V. Ormsby. During your initial consultation at our Annapolis practice, Dr. Marcia V. Ormsby can help you determine which breast augmentation option would best meet your cosmetic needs and goals.

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Dr. Marcia V. Ormsby is a skilled plastic surgeon who is dedicated to providing her patients with the most advanced technologies for optimal surgical outcomes. Serving patients from in and around Annapolis, Baltimore, and the Eastern Shore, she believes silicone gel breast implants are the best choice for breast augmentation. Contact our practice today to learn more about the benefits of silicone gel breast implants.