Urban myths short-change Quebec women over breast implants

    MONTREAL, May 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Women considering breast implants need
all the facts to make an informed decision, says Montreal plastic surgeon Dr.
Bill Papanastasiou today, who is alarmed by statistics which continue to show
that half of all implants in Quebec are saline, compared to only 10 per cent
in the rest of Canada. It's a particularly worrisome trend for Quebec women
since saline implants are an inferior option to cohesive gel implants.
    Dr. Papanastasiou's concern was in reaction to recent comments by women
to his staff regarding cohesive gel implants, which can only be characterized
as "urban myths."
    "Many Quebec women are simply not being provided with sufficient
information about implant options, particularly scientifically-backed cohesive
gel-filled implants as a safe and attractive alternative to saline," he said.
"When it comes to our body, there is no substitute for safety and superior
    Dr. Papanastasiou urges women to avoid hearsay and seek out the facts
about cohesive gel-filled implants. "Go for a consultation with a board
certified plastic surgeon, get the information on all government approved
options, and then make an educated decision."
    Dr. Papanastasiou noted that breast implants are among the most studied
of all medical devices in healthcare and decades of research confirm their
safety and effectiveness. In over 60,000 pages of research, not one study
identifies a single health risk associated with cohesive gel-filled implants.
    Dr. Papanastasiou, a renowned plastic surgeon and attending physician at
Saint Mary's hospital in Montreal, also cites the superior lifespan of gel (in
excess of 20 years) over that of saline (ten years) as one of many reasons why
women considering this procedure must explore all their options.
    Unlike saline, cohesive gel implants maintain their shape. Other
advantages, explained Dr. Papanastasiou, include less rippling and a more
natural texture and feel. "For me, Natrelle's teardrop gel implant is the best
implant I've used in over two decades of practice. It gives the patient the
best possible results.
    "Breast implants are not something you want to compromise on. Women
should ask their plastic surgeon for the opportunity to examine the many
available options - whether saline or cohesive gel - and feel the difference
for themselves, then make an informed decision."
    Dr. Bill Papanastasiou graduated from the McGill University School of
Medicine in 1979 and completed his residency training in Plastic Surgery in
1986. Since then, he has been a member of both the Canadian and American
Societies of Plastic Surgery and has held dual academic positions at McGill
and the Université de Montréal. He is an attending physician at St. Mary's
Hospital Centre.
    The Natrelle teardrop implant was originally approved in Europe (1992)
and in Canada (2006).
    Cohesive gel and silicone devices have been a part of healthcare for over
50 years. Medical devices that employ gel include artificial joints and
implants. They are proven to be biocompatible, reliable, flexible and easy to
sterilize, making them an ideal choice for implantable and non-implantable
medical devices.

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For further information:

For further information: Dr. V.W. Papanastasiou, (514) 933-3009, Toll
Free: 1-888-248-0208, info@plasticsurgery-montreal.com;
www.plasticsurgery-montreal.com; www.natrelle.ca; www.breastimplantanswers.com
(English only); www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/implants-eng.php

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