NEW YORK, NY (April 16, 2004) óWomen desiring breast implants need not be discouraged
that silicone gel-filled implants are not yet on the market for general use, as the results of recent research
demonstrate that women with saline implants are significantly more likely to express satisfaction with
augmentation than women with silicone gel-filled implants. In research funded by the Aesthetic Surgery
Education and Research Foundation (ASERF), more than 3,000 women with implants were surveyed
to elicit comparisons between saline and silicone gel implants. Initial data from two online surveys in
which patients were asked questions about their satisfaction with surgical results, informed consent, and
complications will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic
Surgery (ASAPS), April 16-21 in Vancouver, BC.
"This is the first time we've had data from a large, geographically-diverse and anonymous group
of women with breast implants," says Leroy Young, MD, Co-chair of ASAPS' Breast Surgery Committee
and one of the researchers presenting data at the ASAPS meeting. "One of the surprises," he continues,
ěis that the only variable for which silicone gel had a statistical advantage was in producing a breast with
a natural feel." Dr. Young explains that in both surveys, women with gel implants were significantly
more likely to require secondary surgery, as well as experience implant-related complications and
physical symptoms. However, with both silicone gel (69%) and saline (77%), patients overwhelmingly
reported that "getting implants was a great decision."
Dr. Young notes that the number of survey respondents with gel implants was much smaller than
the number of responding women with saline implants, and the average length of implantation for those
with gel devices was significantly longer. He says that researchers took this into account when
interpreting the results, which still were found to be statistically significant.
Preliminary results of the surveys were first published in Aesthetic Surgery Journal, ASAPS'
peer-reviewed publication, and further analysis of the data will continue, according to Dr. Young.
Breast augmentation is the second most popular surgical cosmetic procedure, according
to 2003 ASAPS statistics (280,401 procedures). "Women overwhelmingly report satisfaction
with augmentation," says Dr. Young, "but plastic surgeons are always looking for ways to ensure
that women's experience meets their expectations."
Robert Singer, MD, president of ASERF, says that the foundation strongly encourages
research that will expand what is known about breast implants. "There has been so much
controversy in this area," says Dr. Singer, "and much of it has been addressed by excellent
science. However, research must continue. The more facts we have at our disposal, the more
completely we can inform our patients and help ensure their satisfaction."
Note: Each survey was posted on www.implantinfo.com over a period of months. Multiple survey
submissions were prevented by the computer programming so only one survey per computer was accepted.
After a survey was submitted, responses were sent directly from the website to an independent statistician;
neither ASAPS, ASERF, nor implantinfo.com had access to data before they were analyzed. The margin of error is +/- 3% at a 95% confidence interval.