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    Plastic surgery blog: Breast implants; communication is key

    The recent exposure of the French breast implant company PIP has put breast implants back in the news. A recent article in the Atlantic highlighted once again the warnings and risk associated with breast implants. According to the article experts warn, that breast implants are likely to need long-term care. Breast implants do not last a lifetime, they will need replacing at some point in the future, the British Implant Information Society says on its website. It says modern devices are likely to last between 20 to 25 years, about 10 years longer on average than the older types developed in the early 1960s and 1970s. While this information is quoted from a British source it is similar to that stated by the FDA. Dr. Kim is careful to explain to patients considering breast augmentation the pros and cons of the procedure. It is important for patients to understand the difference between silicone and saline implants, taking into consideration both the material as well as which implants will be most aesthetically pleasing based on their body type. Dr. Kim is exceptional in developing mutual trust with his patients, so that they are able to comfortably understand his recommendations. Patients are given both written as well as verbal information concerning breast implants and are invited to view the abundance of information available on the FDA’s own website. While patients are never told that breast implants are a lifetime product, the article fails to mention that breast implants to have a lifetime warranty. This means that once patients pay for the breast implants, the manufacturer will always replace the implant if the implant is ruptured. The article also failed to mention that the overwhelming majority of patients are happy with their breast augmentation (and breast lift if applicable) results and would recommend the procedure to their friends. Dr. Kim believes that his patients enjoy exceptional results because of his commitment to communication with his patients and commitment to exceeding their expectations.

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