Silicone Gel Breast Implants

At Stratis Gayner Plastic Surgery in in Harrisburg, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Stratis offers a choice of saline or silicone breast implants for patients from Lancaster and York, PA, and other nearby communities. In the late 80s, silicone implants were taken off the market due to concerns about safety. In November of 2006, the FDA lifted its ban on the use of silicone gel implants for breast augmentation. This long-awaited event marks the return of silicone implants in a new and improved form, the “4th generation” implants.

Which Implant Is Right For Me?

Your decisions about the type, style and size of implants will be pivotal to your breast augmentation in Harrisburg. For this reason, it is important to choose a surgeon with the experience to help you make these very important decisions. Dr. John Stratis is a breast enhancement specialist that you can trust to provide guidance and ensure optimal results. He will take the time to understand your goals and desired outcome so that, together, you can determine which implant is right for you.


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Advantages of Silicone Implants

For many people, one demonstration of the look and feel of silicone breast implants compared with saline implants convinces them that silicone will produce better results. While this may not always be the case, silicone implants do offer some advantages.

Today, some breast implant manufacturers also offer highly cohesive silicone gel implants, often called gummy bear implants. These implants are filled with silicone that is so thick that they hold their shape even when the outer shell is ruptured.

Silicone implants have extensive oversight from the FDA and are only approved for use in women over the age of 22. The FDA requires all patients with silicone gel implants to have an MRI scan in three years and every two years thereafter. If a leak is diagnosed the implant must be replaced.


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Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Stratis specializes in breast and body procedures is a leader in modern body contouring methods.

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Advantages of Saline Implants

All implants can eventually leak. When a saline implant leaks, it is just salt water that is harmlessly absorbed by your body. The patient will also recognize the leak right away because the breast will get smaller. When a silicone gel implant leaks, however, the patient may not be able to tell. Although most silicone leaks pose no problems, some women can get small areas of inflammation called granulomas. These may present with pain or a mass.

Replacing a silicone gel implant is more difficult than a saline implant. The saline implant is simply slipped out through the original incision and a new one placed. But a silicone gel implant needs to be removed along with the scar tissue around the implant in order to remove all the leaked silicone. This takes a larger incision and more surgery.

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