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Plastic Surgeon in Virginia Backs Breast Implant Safety, Stresses Need for Patient Education

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Virginia Plastic Surgeon Verifies Safety of US Breast Implants

Leesburg, VA — According to the most recent statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and Virginia plastic surgeon Dr. Behzad Parva, silicone breast implants are the preferred implant choice for breast augmentation procedures across the nation. Despite recent media attention concerning the implant scares outside the U.S. from French company Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP), Dr. Parva says an overwhelming majority of his patients choose silicone implants over their saline counterparts, a statistic confirmed by the 2011 ASAPS study which reveals 69% of all breast augmentation procedures used silicone. He says that patients who take the time to become educated and informed about cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentation in Leesburg, VA, and select a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience and consistently good results can enjoy the benefits of balanced body proportions as well as increased confidence: “FDA-approved silicone gel implants have a well-documented safety record and they are the only gel implants we use for our patients. Conversely, the PIP implant was not FDA-approved and is now known to have been manufactured using inferior, industrial grade silicone.”

While silicone breast implants have been shown to be the most popular implant choice, Dr. Parva says he still fields a number of questions every so often at his Virginia plastic surgery practice about the safety of their use. He says the most important way to ensure one receives the safest and most effective treatment is to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who has extensive expertise in performing breast augmentations. Thanks to strict regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Parva says breast implants used by board-certified plastic surgery practices, those coming from companies with a proven track record of reliability, have been verified in their safety by a lengthy screening and evaluation process. He says patients who undergo a procedure in the U.S. from a properly trained and qualified surgeon can rest assured their breast augmentation is performed with the most careful attention to safety and success: “Appropriate training and vast experience are key: a plastic surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and who has extensive experience in breast surgery and breast implants is the optimum choice when selecting a surgeon for breast surgery.”

Until the recent approval of California-based manufacturer Sientra, only two companies had been FDA-approved for the distribution of breast implants for the past 20 years: Mentor and Allergan. Dr. Parva says the emergence of a third FDA-approved implant producer bears testament to the tireless work put in by researchers and surgeons to provide patients with safe devices, high quality care and effective treatment. He says women often choose silicone gel implants over the saline implants because of a more natural look and feel. FDA-approval adds a measure of comfort in knowing that they are choosing a well-studied and safe device: “I encourage our patients to consider their goals. If they place a high priority on a natural feel to the breast, then they will generally be happier with a silicone gel implant over a saline implant.”

Overall, whether patients are interested in breast implants in Leesburg or some other cosmetic enhancement, Dr. Parva says staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in plastic surgery is essential for achieving the proper care. Through partnership with a dedicated and experienced plastic surgeon, he says patients can take advantage of the natural, effective results available through breast augmentation.

About Behzad Parva, MD, FACS

Dr. Behzad Parva earned his undergraduate degree from Westminster College and his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, where he graduated in the top 10% of his class. He completed his general surgery residency at Temple University Hospital and his plastic surgery residency at Indiana University Medical Center, in addition to being a Plastic Surgery Research Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Parva is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the Plastic Surgery Education Foundation.

Located at 224-D Cornwall Street NW Suite 300 in Leesburg, VA, Parva Plastic Surgery can be reached at (703) 777-7477. It can also be contacted online via the website www.parvaplasticsurgery.com or the Parva Plastic Surgery Facebook page.