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Baltimore Plastic Surgeon Discusses Silicone Breast Implants

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Plastic Surgeon in Maryland Discusses ASAPS Breast Augmentation Stats and Silicone Implants

The latest study from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reveals more than 62% of the 318,123 breast augmentation procedures performed in 2010 used silicone breast implants. At his Baltimore plastic surgery practice, Dr. James Vogel says an even greater number of his patients prefer silicone to saline breast implants, estimating that nearly 85% of them choose the new cohesive silicone gel implants.

The most recent data from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) shows more than 9.3 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2010, with breast augmentation highlighted as the most popular form of surgical aesthetic enhancement. Of the 318,123 breast augmentation procedures performed, 62% of patients chose silicone breast implants, a preference Dr. James Vogel, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Baltimore, MD, attributes to the more natural look and feel of the newer generation of implants.

Dr. Vogel says his Baltimore breast augmentation patients prefer the new silicone implants, which are made of a cohesive silicone gel: “The main reason patients prefer the new silicone implants is because they are more natural in appearance and softer to the touch when compared to saline implants.” At his practice, Dr. Vogel says his patients prefer silicone roughly 85% of the time, which presents a greater patient propensity toward silicone than the national average presented by the ASAPS study.

However, whether Dr. Vogel is performing liposuction, breast augmentation, or a breast lift in Baltimore, he says his main focus is patient safety and satisfaction. He adds that each treatment plan is completely customized to the patient’s cosmetic enhancement goals, and can often be performed with sedation only, not a general anesthesia: “Breast augmentation in our certified surgical facility is performed with local anesthesia and sedation to maximize safety and patient comfort.”

Regardless of his patients’ preference for silicone or saline breast implants, Dr. Vogel says patient education plays an integral role in both safety and comfort. “Patient education is crucial to overall satisfaction because a happy patient is one whose surgical result is equal to or greater than what she expected. The pre-operative educational counseling is the time when these realistic goals are discussed and established. A comprehensive and often second or third consult with the patient ensures excellent pre-operative communication.”

About James E. Vogel, MD, FACS

Dr. James Vogel earned his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He then completed a general surgery residency at Tufts New England Medical Center, as well as the University of North Carolina, and his plastic surgery residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Vogel is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

The plastic surgery practice of Dr. James Vogel is located at 4 Park Center Court, Ste. 100 Owings Mills, MD 21117, and can be reached at (410) 484-8860, or found online at or