Scottsdale, AZ — Breast augmentation remains the most popular surgical cosmetic enhancement in the U.S., which is mirrored in the Scottsdale plastic surgery practice of Dr. Steven Turkeltaub. He believes the extensive, exhaustive studies and research conducted over the years supports the general safety of both silicone and saline breast implants and refutes the nebulous charges of self interest groups. Furthermore, he states that the strict requirements and thorough oversight by the FDA in their approval adds additional credence to their safety.
The recently publicized breast implant safety issue concerned the French breast implant manufacturer Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), which was caught substituting industrial grade silicone for some of their implants instead of using the far more expensive medical grade silicone. Fortunately, none of their silicone breast implants were used in the United States because the company failed to meet the numerous and strict regulations and guidelines established by the FDA. As a board-certified Scottsdale plastic surgeon, Dr. Turkeltaub says that a patient who has had a breast augmentation in the U.S. from a reputable board-certified plastic surgeon need not be concerned about this issue.
Dr. Turkeltaub says he strongly believes in the safety of silicone gel implants for patients looking for breast augmentation in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Glendale. “Silicone gel breast implants, which are FDA approved, are probably the most studied medical device ever. I feel extremely comfortable reassuring my patients of their safety and effectiveness and recommending them.” In fact, Dr. Turkeltaub says silicone breast implants in Scottsdale are the most popular choice of implant for patients at his practice, noting that more than 95% of his patients select the gel option for its natural look, feel and durability. “My patients find that silicone feels more like natural breast tissue, whereas saline implants can feel more like a water balloon. When considering a procedure that can have such a significant impact on the way a woman looks and feels about her body, I’m not surprised a majority of women choose the silicone gel implants.” The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) confirms his observations, reporting that 62% of breast augmentation procedures used silicone implants, whereas only 38% of cases used saline.
Whether patients are looking for silicone or saline implants for a breast enlargement in Scottsdale, Dr. Turkeltaub says consulting with an experienced and reputable board certified plastic surgery practice is essential for having a much greater likelihood for achieving an aesthetically-pleasing outcome. He also stresses the importance of seeking a board-certified plastic surgeon who is caring, easily relates with patients, and spends an appropriate amount of time discussing all aspects of the procedure and answering their questions.
“Board certification with the American Board of Plastic Surgery is critically important when considering a procedure such as breast augmentation. Many of my patients have told me that word-of-mouth from friends and acquaintances who are or have been patients of the plastic surgeon can be quite helpful.”
About Steven H. Turkeltaub, MD, PC
A graduate of the Six-Year Medical Program at Boston University and Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Steven Turkeltaub completed his general surgery residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Medical Center in Chicago, as well as a plastic surgery residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Arizona Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the Arizona Medical Association, and several other professional societies. Board-certified in Plastic Surgery, Dr. Turkeltaub has also been published in several scholarly articles and textbooks on plastic surgery, in addition to a number of magazines and newspapers.
With two locations at 10290 N. 92nd Street Suite 207 in Scottsdale, AZ and 18275 N. 59th Avenue Bldg. E Suite 126 in Glendale, AZ, Dr. Turkeltaub’s practice, the Arizona Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, can be reached at (480) 451-3000. He can also be contacted online via the website turkeltaub.com, arizonabreast.com, or the Arizona Center for Breast Surgery Facebook page.