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Breast Augmentation

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Q: Are silicone breast implants safe?
A: The quick answer is yes. Despite concerns in the past, the safety and efficacy of silicone breast implants has been studied and verified extensively. The new generations of silicone are a more cohesive silicone gel, which is very reassuring to patients concerned about potential leakage. The cohesive nature of the implant makes them softer, more natural, and lowers risk of potential rippling. Silicone implants are safe and provide excellent shapes and outcomes, and they are what I recommend for anyone seeking breast augmentation.

Q: How often do breast implants need to be replaced?
A: There was a common recommendation in the past that patients replace their implants every ten years. This has become widely accepted as a standard; however, this is not the case. The implants do not expire or become a health risk after a certain amount of time. I often refer to the “every ten years” concept as a common myth. The implants are very durable and safe. I tell my patients that they should keep their implants as long as they are happy with their size, shape and symmetry. That leads to the advice to only change out the implants if a need has occurred. That need could be a rupture, capsular contracture or asymmetry that has developed, or if the patient wants to be a different size or shape. Passage of time is not a reason to change an implant without the presence of other factors that indicate a need to exchange.

Dr. Levi Young, board certified in plastic surgery, offers an extensive array of body contouring procedures and facial plastic surgery procedures, and focuses on building an individualized treatment plan for every patient. What sets Dr. young apart from other surgeons is his natural artistic abilities. His art is displayed in the office for patients to see, and his artistic nature gives him a detailed and unique eye in the operating room. He focuses 100 percent of his practice on cosmetic surgery, giving him the opportunity to see more cosmetic patients every year. He places a high priority on patient education, taking time to listen and understand each patient’s goals, while also providing the knowledge needed to feel comfortable with the process.