Breast augmentation enlarges a woman’s breasts through the surgical placement of breast implants. In general, it is a cosmetic procedure strictly performed to fulfill a woman’s personal desire for fuller breasts or to restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy. Implants may also be used, however, for reconstructive purposes to restore a breast that is lost due to mastectomy, injury or for other reasons. In any case, breast implants allow women the choice of a fuller, natural appearing breast and a more balanced figure. Women with breast cancer say that breast reconstruction with implants after mastectomy has helped their recovery by restoring a more natural appearance and a sense of wholeness. Whether it is performed immediately following mastectomy or at a later time, breast reconstruction can dramatically improve a woman’s appearance, self-confidence and overall quality of life. The decision to have implants is a very personal one – each woman must decide for herself if the benefits of implants will achieve her goals and that the risks and potential complications are acceptable. In 2000, the Institute of Medicine published its finding on the safety of silicone gel breast implants. This highly regarded scientific panel concluded that silicone gel implants do not increase the risk of autoimmune diseases such as lupus or cancer, as has been suggested in legal claims filed against silicone implant manufacturers. Instead, the Institute found that localized problems that may occur in the area of the breast implant were the primary concern. Every surgical procedure has potential complications, such as infection, bleeding and scarring. Additionally, there are some potential complications that are specific to breast implants. It is important for women considering breast implant surgery to understand these potential problems and put them in perspective before making the decision to have surgery using silicone gel implants.Request a Consultation
Dr. Scott A. Brenman is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He received his M.D. degree with honors from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA.
After completing medical school, Dr. Brenman continued his surgical training at Pennsylvania Hospital with a five-year residency in General Surgery. Dr. Brenman completed his Residency in Plastic Surgery with two and a half years at Duke University Medical Center. A Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship at the University of Louisville followed the residency.
Dr. Brenman has authored many original articles and book chapters in major plastic surgery textbooks. He continues to write and lectures extensively on many topics in plastic surgery. He is a clinical instructor in plastic surgery and is actively involved with the teaching of residents and medical students from the University of Pennsylvania.
In order to better serve his patients, Dr. Brenman keeps up to date with the latest advances in plastic surgery through a continued commitment to his education by attending frequent national meetings. In addition, Dr. Brenman has received the distinction for being listed as one of the "Top Surgeons" in the Consumer's Research Council of America listing. Dr. Brenman has also been honored as a Top Doc by the Philadelphia Magazine.
Dr. Brenman is an active member of the following medical societies:American Society for Aesthetic Plastic SurgeryAmerican Society of Plastic SurgeonsAmerican Society for Surgery of the HandFellow, American College of SurgeonsPennsylvania Medical SocietyNortheastern Plastic Surgery SocietyProfessional Team Physicians
Dr. Brenman has privileges at the following area hospitals:Pennsylvania Hospital Chestnut Hill Hospital