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FDA Approves New Breast Implant

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new gel-filled silicone breast implant called the Natrelle 410. It is a highly cohesive anatomically-shaped silicone gel product that is used to increase breast size in women who are age twenty two or older and to rebuild tissue, after surgery, in women of all ages. The product is manufactured by Allergen, Inc. and is now available for use by plastic and cosmetic surgeons because the Food and Drug Administration analyzed data from nine hundred forty one females and determined that Natrelle 410 is both safe and effective. Physicians offering this product have been using it on patients for breast reconstruction, primarily necessary after mastectomies due to cancer and for simple, straightforward breast augmentations. That is, of course, for women who are determined to alter and improve their physical appearance. Natrelle 410 has been rapidly growing in popularity since it received approval from the FDA and, as a resul ...

Medicare Is Now Paying for "Eye Lifts"

The public health insurance program for people age 65 and over (also known as Medicare) usually does not cover cosmetic surgery because it is considered an elective and unnecessary procedure. However, in cases where sagging eye lids affect vision, Medicare has been paying for "eye lifts." Interestingly, in recent years, the proliferation of the procedure, that is the rapidly increasing number of operations for "eye lifts," has led many medical professionals and members of the federal government involved in health care to question whether the stated need -- and the operation it leads to -- is on the up-and-up or, put differently, legitimate. Known as blephamoplasty, the cost to Medicare, a program that is already in financial distress, has run into millions and millons of dollars. Government oversight of this program and its viability as a necessary medical procedure has been lax at best. But that may be changing because so many operations have been performed in just the past couple ...

FDA Approves Firmer Silicone Gel Implants

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an approval for the use of firmer MemoryShape Breast Implants for breast augmentation procedures for women who are age twenty two or older and for other adult females that require post-surgical breast reconstruction. The manufacturer of this newly-approved product is Mentor Worldwide LLC, a company located in Santa Barbara, California. The FDA examined six years of data covering the experiences of nine hundred fifty five females that received the MemoryShape Breast Implants and determined that the use of the product is both safe and effective. In fact, the federal agency reported that MemoryShape Breast Implants are no more dangerous than more traditional breast implant products and procedures that have been in use for several years. The FDA approval frees Plastic Surgeons all across the United States to begin using this latest innovation in breast augmentation and reconstruction. It is believed that many phsyicians wi ...