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Breast Augmentation Patients Benefit From FDA Decision, Specialist Says

The FDA recently approved a new kind of silicone gel breast implant, increasing the number of options for women interested in breast augmentation. Phoenix-area plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Cohen says more choice is a great thing for patients.

Paradise Valley, Arizona (August 2013) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the MemoryShape™ Breast Implant for breast augmentation and breast reconstruction. Robert Cohen, M.D. (, a breast augmentation specialist in the Phoenix area, welcomes the additional option. He believes that having more choices is better for patients.

"Each woman's body is unique," says Dr. Cohen, a surgeon dedicated to patient education and providing information about breast surgery and breast implants for women in Phoenix and surrounding Arizona. "Some patients may have more trouble choosing the more options there are, but I welcome the variety as a breast surgeon. More options provide more opportunities for each woman and her surgeon to find implants that fit the patient. Women shouldn't be intimidated by the choices as long as they have an experienced surgeon to guide them."

MemoryShape Breast Implants are manufactured by MENTOR®, one of the leading manufacturers of medical devices, including saline breast implants and MemoryGel® round silicone breast implants. The company's MemoryShape Breast Implants join Allergan's Natrelle® 410 Highly Cohesive Anatomically Shaped Silicone-Filled Breast Implants and Sientra's shaped breast implants as the latest generation of "form stable anatomical" implants. This means they are teardrop-shaped rather than round, meant to more closely mimic the shape of a natural breast.

The MemoryShape implants consist of highly cohesive silicone gel. They also have MENTOR's proprietary SILTEX® Texture shells, which help prevent the implants from shifting out of place. All these characteristics add up to a good option for some patients, Dr. Cohen says.

"The design of anatomical implants can be very helpful in properly selected patients," says Dr. Cohen, a plastic surgeon who was raised in Scottsdale and now practices in the Paradise Valley area. "Anatomical implants offer a wider array of shapes while maintaining the natural slope of the upper breast and fullness of the lower breast. Some women prefer a larger degree of fullness in the upper breast, so round implants would generally be a better choice for them."

Dr. Cohen says he often recommends anatomical breast implants for women who have a thin or athletic body type, less tissue coverage, or who want a more natural appearance. He also urges women to seek the help of a qualified plastic surgeon.

"Many doctors may practice cosmetic surgery," Dr. Cohen says, "but patients should look for a plastic surgeon who is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. They would also benefit from choosing a plastic surgeon who specializes in breast surgery. Certified plastic surgeons have passed a lot of rigorous standards and have experience with breast surgery. They can guide women to choose an implant that best fits their goals and anatomy."

To learn more, Request a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Cohen and learn what sets him apart as one of the country's leading breast enhancement surgeons. Call our office at (480) 423-1973 .

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