Breast augmentation is the most common form of surgical cosmetic enhancement in the U. S. according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Dr. James F. Boynton says the same is true at his Houston plastic surgery practice, and adds that patients also prefer silicone implants to saline at roughly the same rate.
More than 1.6 million surgical cosmetic enhancement procedures were performed in 2010, and breast augmentation was the most popular with 318,123 procedures performed according to the most recent data from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). As a board-certified plastic surgeon in Houston, Dr. James F. Boynton says breast augmentation was also the most popular form of cosmetic enhancement at his practice, Boynton Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He adds that patient preference for silicone implants at his practice also reflects the national statistics outlined in the ASAPS data.
More than 62% of patients undergoing breast augmentation in the U. S. chose silicone implants in 2010, according to the ASAPS study. Dr. Boynton says his Houston breast augmentation patients also prefer silicone implants at roughly the same rate. He says his patients tend to prefer silicone implants because they look and feel more like natural breast tissue. “About 80% of the patients that come to see me seeking breast enhancement choose silicone gel breast implants. I think the biggest reason is that they feel so natural and most of my patients want to be as natural as possible”
Dr. Boynton adds that improved safety has not only influenced a number of his new patients to consider silicone breast implants, but has also inspired a number of patients with saline implants to consider an upgrade to the new cohesive gel implants. “I have many patients now that are 5-6 years out from their initial breast augmentation with saline implants who are happy with their results but now have decided to come back and change out their implants for silicone gel. Silicone gel implants are truly the ‘Cadillac’ of breast implants in my opinion. They look the best, feel the best, and last the longest. And now as a plastic surgeon using the new Keller funnel technology and smaller surgical instruments, I am able to offer the smallest possible incision which is the same size incision that I do for saline implants.”
Ultimately, Dr. Boynton says patients enter his office with a specific set of cosmetic enhancement goals and expectations. Whether patients think they prefer silicone to saline does not matter according to Dr. Boynton, adding that his job is to help patients make this significant life decision, and feel comfortable with that decision. “We spend time in each breast augmentation consultation talking about the pros and cons of silicone and saline implants. In patients who have really thin tissues, I strongly emphasize the enhanced appearance and decreased chance of visible rippling that is more common with saline implants. Some patients still have health concerns in regards to silicone gel implants and we spend time talking about the safety of the current FDA approved devices and how they are different from the ones before. I also refer patients to a great educational website for more detail if they have more questions about silicone breast implants at www.breastimplantsafety.org.”
About James F. Boynton, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. James F. Boynton earned his bachelor in science from Duke University and his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He completed seven years of post-doctoral training, the final two of which were dedicated solely to plastic surgery training at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston. Dr. Boynton is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
James F. Boynton, M.D., F.A.C.S. has two locations: 12727 Kimberley, Suite 300 Houston, TX 77024; and 4400 Post Oak Parkway, Suite 2260 Houston, TX 77027. The practice can be reached at (713) 354-5119, and found online at facebook.com/DrBoynton.