"Since the restriction on silicone gel implants in 1992, there has been a generation of plastic surgeons who have limited, if any, experience with these types of implants," said Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. Foad Nahai in an ASAPS press release. "This program will introduce them to the differences between gel and saline implants."
Surgeons said the reintroduction of silicone will not replace saline implants but simply signald another available choice.
"There are other reasons that I think women would choose saline over silicone," said Song. "When putting in saline implants, the incision is small, but using silicone implants increases the size of the incision. When you make the incision larger, then the scar will also be larger, something that many cosmetic patients would not want."
Song added that the stigma surrounding silicone implants may take a while to wear off completely.
"Eventually, Americans are going to forget about the stigma of silicone," he said. "Still, a lot of women are going to be wary of silicone implants in spite of compelling data."