Latest Breast Implant Advances Broaden Options for Patients, Reveal Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Samuel M. Sohn of Hankins & Sohn Plastic Surgery Associates explains how innovative new breast implant shapes offer improved results. He also discusses age restrictions for their use.

Las Vegas, NV — Breast implants are typically used in plastic surgery to increase the size and enhance the shape of the breasts. There are many varieties currently FDA-approved for this use, including both saline and silicone models. Dr. Samuel M. Sohn, a plastic surgeon in Las Vegas, indicates that patients considering breast augmentation can truly benefit from the large selection, as this can make customization easier. However, he also notes that the broad array of options can seem overwhelming to individuals seeking the best type for their needs and goals. To help women in their research, Dr. Sohn offered a helpful resource on breast implants and their benefits.

Dr. Sohn reports that many patients express concern about selecting the right breast implant size and shape for their body type and cosmetic goals. He says that a board certified plastic surgeon can help to clarify the benefits of each implant style with respect to the unique anatomical indicators of the individual. In general, Dr. Sohn says that saline implants can provide the following advantages:

  •      Reduced cost compared to silicone implants
  •      Smaller incision typically required, leading to a less noticeable scar
  •      Size can be adjusted during surgery

Dr. Sohn notes that silicone breast implants, particularly the “gummy bear” cohesive-gel implants, offer a number of benefits as well. He says they often appear and feel more natural-looking than saline implants; they come in shaped models that can further enhance the outcome; and they typically come with a lower risk of rippling than saline models. He says a thorough examination by a skilled plastic surgeon can help to determine whether silicone or saline, shaped, or round implants can offer the best possible result.

In addition to questions about size, Dr. Sohn reveals that numerous patients are curious about breast surgery age restrictions. Saline breast implants are FDA-approved for women 18 years and older; silicone implants are FDA-approved for women 22 years and older, as well as breast reconstruction patients of any age. He explains that a growing number of women are undergoing breast enhancement later in life, and many individuals want to know what the upper age limit is for breast augmentation. Health concerns, he emphasizes, typically will be the deciding factor regarding candidacy and not age. Mature patients may experience greater skin inelasticity due to pregnancy and childbirth, and he says this effect can be addressed with a breast lift.

Ultimately, Dr. Sohn says he strives to provide an informative resource for women seeking breast augmentation at virtually any stage of life. He encourages individuals to perform research at home and discuss their goals with a board certified plastic surgeon. The Las Vegas plastic surgeon says, during the initial consultation, the right physician will customize a treatment plan that takes into account the patient’s health, expressed cosmetic desires, and anatomical needs to achieve the best results possible.

About Samuel M. Sohn, MD

A co-founder of Hankins & Sohn Plastic Surgery Associates, Dr. Sohn is a board certified plastic surgeon practicing in the Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada area. He graduated from Stanford University followed by the Medical College of Virginia, where he earned his medical degree. He then completed his general and plastic surgery residencies at Michigan State University, one of the most prestigious programs in the nation. Dr. Sohn received fellowship training at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and he is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Sohn is available for interview upon request.

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