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Silicone Gel Filled Breast Implant Approval

Suresh Koneru, MD of Advanced Concepts in Plastic Surgery NOW OFFERS SILICONE GEL-FILLED BREAST IMPLANTS

Dr. Suresh Koneru among first surgeons to be certified for INAMED® Silicone-Filled Breast Implants

San Antonio, Texas (December 1, 2006) – The approval of Allergan’s INAMED® Silicone-Filled Breast Implants by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has opened doors to more options than ever before for patients seeking breast implant surgery. Now, after completing the Allergan Physician Certification Program, Dr. Suresh Koneru of Advanced Concepts in Plastic Surgery in San Antonio, is able to access the INAMED® Matrix of breast implant options to provide the One Right Result to each individual patient.

By completing the certification program, Dr. Koneru has gained access to an unprecedented array of options designed to enable surgeons to precisely match the appropriate implant to each individual patient’s body type and goals. Any woman desiring silicone gel-filled breast implants can now be more confident that she can get the One Right Result she deserves.

“Having completed the rigorous certification program for both implant companies, I am happy to see that the FDA now requires all surgeons to follow the same procedures and techniques that I have been advocating for many years”, said Dr. Koneru. “I am very excited to be able to finally offer both saline and silicone implants to women seeking augmentation.”

In 2005, nearly 340,000 women in the U.S. had breast implant surgery1. Of those women, approximately 86% were augmentation patients, up 10% from 2004, and approximately 14% were reconstruction patients. While research shows that surgeons and patients prefer silicone gel-filled breast implants to saline-filled implants, saline has been the only option for women seeking augmentation surgery until now.

Today’s silicone gel-filled breast implants are different from the products that were available in the 1970’s. Arguably, no other medical device has been more studied for safety than silicone gel-filled breast implants and decades of research have evaluated their safety and effectiveness. This research shows that silicone gel-filled breast implants are safe. INAMED® Silicone-Filled Breast Implants have been used with success for more than three decades in over 60 different countries. They have an outer shell that is more than 50% thicker than earlier implant devices and can withstand more than 25 times the force of a normal mammogram without failure.

Dr. Koneru has been in practice for over 10 years and has performed numerous procedures for breast augmentation and reconstruction. He has participated in clinical studies for silicone implants, and has participated in the advancement of silicone over the last 10 years. Dr. Koneru has also published several articles in scientific journals and presented to colleagues throughout the country. He has been at Advanced Concepts in Plastic Surgery since 1997.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Koneru, contact Advanced Concepts in Plastic Surgery at 210-499-5900 or visit www.DrKoneru.com .

For more information about Silicone-Filled Breast Implants, please visit www.BreastImplantSafety.org .

1 American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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