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What’s So Great About Cohesive Gel Breast Implants?

Society’s interest with breast augmentation and breast implants has been recorded since at least the 1940’s, but probably began much earlier in history. A PBS documentary about breast implants advised during the Second World War that some Japanese women performed a “do-it-yourself” type of breast augmentation with paraffin, non-medical grade silicone, and other substances in the hopes US military troops would find larger breasts more attractive. The breast implant has come a long way from there. In fact, two Texas plastic surgeons (Doctors Gerow and Cronin) developed the first silicone breast implant in the 1960’s. It is safe to say that the breast implant is the most studied medical device in the history of modern medicine. The technology for breast implant materials has improved over the years, and today the three main classes of implants include: saline, silicone gel, and cohesive silicone gel. While all three types are utilized by plastic surgeons and FDA approved, there are differences among them. The popular media refers to the cohesive gel silicone breast implant as “gummy bear breast implants”, but rest assured that they are made from state-of-the-art medical materials. Cohesive silicone breast implants are a stable form material as the term cohesive implies. The gel itself is semi-solid, which means that women can expect a more controlled distribution of the implant fill, and a more consistent breast appearance over time. Because the risk of capsular contracture and shell rupture may be concerns for some patients, the cohesive silicone gel can provide some relief. Studies indicate that there are fewer occurrences of capsular contracture, reoperation rates, and that if the shell does rupture the silicone remains cohesive and in shape.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dr. Michael Eisemann, Dr. Bradley Eisemann, and the entire staff at Eisemann Plastic Surgery are committed to the health and safety of all of our patients and ourselves.

We are thankful to be connected to Houston Methodist Hospital, one of the most respected hospitals in the country. Because of this, our screening policy is aided by the hospital's official policies and checkpoint screening measures completed prior to entering our building. These measures allow us to do everything we can, at this point in time, to minimize the chance that we expose ourselves or our patients to someone who has been sick or contagious with the virus.

We are set up to perform new consults and patient follow-ups via ZOOM video conferencing.

As of Monday, March 23rd, our office is open. We are open and seeing select patients. If you are currently on the schedule, please call our office if you have any concerns about your own health.

While all major hospitals have stopped elective surgery at this time, we are very selectively performing indicated operative procedures in our procedure room and in our AAAASF certified operating room under local and IV sedation.

As always, both Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann are available by phone and email to answer any questions you may have.

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