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All my patients who are considering cosmetic or reconstructive breast surgery procedures that involve the placement of breast implants are given the choice of using either silicone or saline implants. This includes women contemplating a breast augmentation, breast lift with implants, breast implant exchange and breast reconstruction. During their consultations, I extensively discuss the relevant issues regarding both types of implants such as durability, aesthetics, concerns and risks and they also are able to closely examine and feel each one. Ultimately, they decide for themselves which one they want: silicone or saline.

Silicone breast implant

Virtually all of my patients ultimately select silicone implants for their procedure, whether it is for aesthetic or reconstructive reasons. The very few cosmetic patients who do choose saline implants do so because of the cost differential: they are around $1,000 less per pair. The aesthetic outcome and satisfaction of my patients from these procedures irrefutably supports the far greater superiority of silicone implants as compared to the saline ones and this is true for both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.

This preference has been borne out in the medical literature including a multicenter study just published in the November issue of “Cancer”. This study carefully examined and analyzed the responses of 672 women who had undergone post-mastectomy breast reconstruction using either saline or silicone implants at one of three major institutions in this country. The findings were statistically significant in that the level of satisfaction was much greater in those women who selected silicone implants to be used in their reconstruction as compared to the saline ones.

If you would like additional information on silicone or saline breast implants, breast augmentation, breast reconstruction or for any other plastic surgery procedure that I perform, please call my office at 480-451-3000. We would also be happy to schedule a consultation for you if you desire.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.

We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.

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