TORONTO, Jun 20, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) –According to the latest statistics from the American Society forAesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), breast augmentation is the secondmost common form of surgical cosmetic enhancement, with more than316,000 procedures performed in 2011. Liposuction was the most commonprocedure in 2011 with 325,332 procedures performed; however,board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lawrence Tong says breastaugmentation is still the most popular surgical procedure at hispractice.
According to the ASAPS numbers, of the 316,848 breast augmentationprocedures performed, 31% of these procedures used saline implants,while 69% used silicone implants. At his Toronto plastic surgerypractice, Dr. Tong says an even greater percentage of patients choosesilicone implants: “In Canada, silicone implants have been availablefor many years longer than in the United States, following themoratorium. I believe this time difference has led to significantlyhigher utilization of silicone vs. saline implants. in my practice,silicone implants make up more than 95% of the breast implants Iuse.”
Regardless of whether his patients choose silicone or salineimplants, the Toronto plastic surgeon says he urges anyoneconsidering a breast enhancement procedure to consult with aboard-certified plastic surgeon. He says the process of undergoingmulti-year specialty training and passing rigorous examinations inorder to become board-certified is unparalleled, and providessurgeons with the tools and techniques to ensure each patientreceives the safest care and most effective outcomes: “If someone isconsidering breast augmentation, it is essential to choose a surgeonwho is certified in Plastic surgery by the Royal College ofPhysicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), or the American Board ofPlastic Surgery (ABPS). These are the only surgeons that undergo theentire spectrum of plastic surgery training of the entire face,breast, and body. Practitioners with neither of these credentials maynot have the proper training to perform these operations, and cannotbe considered true plastic surgeons.”
Another trend that Dr. Tong sees is the increasing number of patientsthat choose highly cohesive, or “gummy bear,” silicone implants. Inaddition to an improved natural appearance, Dr. Tong says the newestgeneration of silicone implants are less likely to rupture or ripple.He predicts that the “gummy bear” implant trend will continue aspatients seek out the latest innovations in breast enhancementprocedures.
about Lawrence Tong, MD
Dr. Lawrence Tong is double board-certified by the American Board ofPlastic Surgery and the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons ofCanada. After earning his medical degree of the University ofToronto, he completed seven years of plastic and reconstructivesurgery training at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Dr.Tong is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and theAmerican Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He was recentlyappointed as adjunct faculty at the University of Toronto’s Divisionof Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and remains active in plasticsurgery education.
Yorkville Institute of Plastic Surgery is located at 199 Avenue rd.Toronto, Ontario, and can be reached at (416) 972-0999. Dr. Tong andhis team can also be found online at www.myplasticsurgerytoronto.com .
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SOURCE: Yorkville Institute of Plastic Surgery
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