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Silicone Implant Safety Reviewed by FDA

Based on a study it conducted about silicone implant safety, the FDA has released a statement and the news is good for consumers and plastic surgeons.

After conducting an in-depth study of silicone implant safety, the FDA has confirmed that silicone gel implants “have a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness when used as labeled.” For consumers, this means silicone gel implant augmentations performed by a board certified plastic surgeon, and maintained as instructed, should present no extreme health issues for the patient.

The FDA’s silicone implant safety study also debunked a rumor that silicone breast implants share an association with “connective tissue disease, breast cancer, or reproductive problems.” Based on current data, the FDA said there is no detected connection.

Long-Term Silicone Implant Safety Tips

Women who are considering silicone breast implants should note that though breast implants are long-lasting, no such implant will last a lifetime. Over the course of her life, a woman who has gotten breast implants will likely need to have them replaced.

Patients will need to monitor their silicone gel implants over time and note any signs of complication to their surgeon. Some women may experience a hardening of tissue around the breast, called capsular contracture, or may have a revision or removal surgery.

Silicone implant safety monitoring also extends to visiting your doctor for screenings. Periodic MRIs can detect a “silent rupture” of the implant, which the patient may not be aware of. As an added precaution for women both with and without silicone gel implants, it is important to continue regular mammograms, as directed by your doctor.

Silicone gel implants are used not only for breast augmentation, but often as a part of breast lift surgeries, as well.

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Silicone Implant Safety Reviewed by FDA

For Blondie singer Debbie Harry, plastic surgery helped improve her self esteem and she does not regret choosing a facelift in the early 90s, as she told Showbiz Spy.

Plastic Surgery: Debbie Harry Speaks About the Importance of Research

While Harry says some people might rush into a decision to have plastic surgery and go to a plastic surgeon without doing some “homework,” she knows its importance.

When considering plastic surgery, you want to make sure you choose a board certified plastic surgeon. This plastic surgeon will show you examples of their patient work and walk you through the procedure, making sure you feel comfortable.

Your plastic surgeon will also discuss your options with you during your consultation. Your board certified plastic surgeon has the aesthetic eye and experience to suggest appropriate procedures and treatments to help you reach your aesthetic goals.

Harry says she met with several plastic surgeons even after doing research. This careful process helped her choose a plastic surgeon who was right for her individual needs.

Debbie Harry: Plastic Surgery May Be “Important”

Harry says that as a woman, she feels its important to think about the aging process and what she can do to stop it. Harry adds that women have a more “rigorous time physically than men.”

Even if she wasn’t a well-known person, Harry says she would have still had the facelift, which she feels helped bring her out of a depression. Even nearly two decades after her facelift, Harry says it has held up well.

While a facelift surgery like Harry underwent can remove sagging skin and jowls on the lower face, it is important to maintain a skin care regimen, as well, especially as your skin continues to age.

When you visit board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ringler for a consultation regarding a facelift or other facial rejuvenation procedure, make sure to ask about skin care products to protect and repair your skin to maintain its youthful glow.

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Silicone Implant Safety Reviewed by FDA

The FDA has recently announced changes regarding how over- the -counter sunscreen manufacturers label their products. The aim of the measure is to make sure that sunscreens meet modern day standards for safety and effectiveness. The new requirements are designed to help consumers make better choices for themselves and their families when purchasing sunscreens.

In the past, most sunscreens have provided protection against UVB rays from the sun. The UVB rays are those that cause our skin to burn. Equally, if not more important, are the UVA rays that contribute to premature wrinkling, aging and skin cancer. The FDA indicated that there is now sufficient testing available to determine which products meet both criteria and can be labeled as “broad spectrum” sunscreens. This should make it much easier for consumers to be able to choose products that offer them the best protection from both sunburn and the damaging effects from the UVA light exposure.

Under the new guidelines, only broad-spectrum sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher can claim to help prevent premature aging, skin cancer and sunburn protection. For non-broad- spectrum sunscreens and broad -spectrum sunscreens with an SPF between 2-14, the claims must be limited to helping prevent sunburn.

The new rules also want manufacturers to eliminate the terms “waterproof”,”sweat-proof” and “sunblock” from their products, as they can be misleading or can overstate their effectiveness. Sunscreens cannot claim to provide sun protection for more than two hours without reapplication or claim to have “instant protection” without submitting proof to the FDA to support the claims.

Those sunscreens that claim to be water resistant must indicate whether the sunscreen remains effective for 40 minutes or 80 minutes while swimming or sweating, and the claims must be substantiated by standardized testing methodology.

There are new proposals down the line that have to do with SPF ratings and application methods for sunscreens. There is some doubt as to whether an SPF of over 50 provides much additional protection from the sun, as well as whether aerosol sprays can provide the same coverage as other application methods.

We support the FDA and their current efforts to help us all become better consumers when it comes to purchasing sunscreen. After all, our skin has to last us a lifetime.

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Silicone Implant Safety Reviewed by FDA

Through a full face transplant performed last month, Charla Nash, who was attacked by a chimp two years ago, may now regain much of her normal abilities, according to CNN.


While Nash is actually the third person to receive a full face transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, the nature of her injuries made the procedure much more involved.

Nash, who has been featured in Oprah, sustained her injuries in early 2009 when a chimpanzee owned by one of her friends violently attacked her. Though the attack was halted by police, the chimp had already caused extensive damage to Nash’s face, neck and hands.

Though Nash had already undergone some reconstructive surgeries on her face, as well as an unsuccessful hand transplant for both hands, this full face transplant should restore many natural functions. As the full face transplant heals, Nash’s doctors say she should regain the ability to smell, make facial expressions and to eat solid foods.

Dr. Elof Eriksson, chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery, called the full face transplant surgery a “tremendous success” and Nash’s brother sees the result of the surgery as “miraculous.”

Despite still having a long road to recovery, Nash remains what others call “courageous and strong,” and has goals as she heals from her full face transplant. Nash hopes to visit her favorite hotdog stand with her brother and to attend her child’s college graduation.

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Silicone Implant Safety Reviewed by FDA

My patients often ask me what is the best age for a facelift. They are concerned about whether having a facelift too soon might necessitate more procedures down the road. On the other hand, they don’t’ want to wait until it’s too late or they are too old to be a good candidate for a facelift. Regardless of age, no one in my practice wants to appear over-corrected; the much dreaded “wind-tunnel” effect.

Facial rejuvenation is a specialty area of mine; I was the first plastic surgeon in Grand Rapids to perform the limited- incision MACS lift over 10 years ago, and I assure you, age alone has very little to do with deciding on the right time to have a facelift. More important factors include; general health of the patient, skin quality, wrinkles, laxity of the face, jowls, environmental damage, genetics, realistic expectations about what a facelift can and cannot accomplish, along with knowledge about other surgical and non-surgical options that are available for facial rejuvenation. These are factors we address regardless of the age of the patient.

A recent study published in the May 27th issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery addressed the complication rates in facelift patients based on age. The clinical study, conducted by Dr. James Zins, Chairman of Plastic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, evaluated whether patients older than 65 years were at higher risk for medical complications after a facelift than their younger counterparts. The three- year study included 216 patients and evaluated 148 women under the age of 65 and 68 women over the age of 65. When screened properly, the study showed no statistically significant difference in the complication rate between the two age groups.

When it comes to deciding whether or not to have a facelift, age alone should not be the determining factor. Beauty has no expiration date, and there are more options available than ever before for keeping your skin and face beautiful for a lifetime. Please remember when seeking plastic surgery, select a board certified plastic surgeon to ensure the best results, and a member of ASAPS if you are considering a cosmetic procedure.

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