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Women Learning More about Cosmetic Surgeon's Complete Line of Breast Implant Options

A plastic surgeon and his staff at a cosmetic surgery practice on Long Island now offer an array of breast implant options for New York breast augmentation patients, including a silicone implant type that is likely the future of implant technology.

New York City, July 2007 – Now that summer's here, most of us who live near the coast are dreaming of a seaside getaway to enjoy the sandy beaches and swim in the ocean's salty water. Many women spend months getting "bikini ready" so they can show off their tanned and toned bodies. This summer, women who choose breast augmentation in New York and across the country have more options than ever to look their best on the beach or wherever their travels take them.

"This is an exciting time for any woman considering breast augmentation," says Dr. James N. Romanelli, founder of Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery on Long Island. "In addition to saline, women who visit my practice now can choose silicone implants. The new generation of silicone benefits from over a decade of research and safety advances, and many of my patients are really impressed by the look and feel they can achieve with silicone implants."

In fact, Dr. Romanelli offers a full line of breast implant options, including a fifth generation of silicone implant that is currently under clinical study. These "form stable" high-strength silicone implants are known in the press as gummy bear implants, because of their semi-solid, yet pliant and flexible feel. Dr. Romanelli is one of only a handful of plastic surgeons in the country offering these implants to women who agree to participate in the study.

"I've had women of all ages coming in asking about the gummy bears," says Dr. Romanelli. "Patients are excited, and for good reason. These implants feel and look so much like natural breast tissue, and they hold together even if cut or punctured, so the idea is that they'll offer an even higher level of safety. But since the gummy bears are part of a long-term study, I choose patients carefully, and I need responsible women who are willing to take their role in an ongoing scientific study seriously."

For those women who want a natural-looking breast enlargement without any long-term study commitments, Dr. Romanelli also offers the fourth generation silicone implants approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last November. The new generation of silicone implants has important differences from earlier silicone implant designs. The latest implants are referred to as "cohesive gel," which means the silicone material holds together for increased safety. These implants have been thoroughly studied and the FDA has implemented an ongoing process to monitor their safety.

Dr. Romanelli also continues to offer saline implants, which had been the de facto breast enlargement choice for most American women for over a decade. However, now that a new generation of silicone implants is available, more and more women are shifting away from saline. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, women in countries where both silicone and saline breast implants have been available choose silicone nine to one over saline.

"Even though they've only been approved for general use for about eight months, I'm already seeing a huge shift toward fourth generation silicone and away from saline. For most women, the main benefits of saline are a slightly lower cost and more options for incision site location, but saline tends not to feel as natural. It's a highly personal decision for every woman, and I talk each of my patients through the implant options. No matter what implant type they choose, I'm committed to achieving a gorgeous result."

Dr. Romanelli has years of training and experience with breast augmentation and breast reconstruction using both silicone gel and saline implants. His surgical training included experience in Houston, Texas working with the two inventors of the original silicone breast implant.

Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery (www.longislandbreast.com) is located in Huntington, New York on Long Island, a short drive from Manhattan and other New York City boroughs. Dr. James N. Romanelli is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been in private practice since 1990. Dr. Romanelli received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1978 and his medical degree from SUNY Downstate in 1982. He then completed eight years of post-graduate specialty training in general surgery, plastic surgery, and hand surgery. In addition to running his plastic surgery practice, Dr. Romanelli is the Chief of Staff at Huntington Hospital.

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