Breast augmentation surgery is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the US. In 2018 alone, there were 313,700 breast augmentations performed. Breast augmentation procedures continue to grow in popularity by about 4% per year.
Also, according to the RealSelf website, 98% of women who had breast augmentation surgery say it was worth it. That’s a strong recommendation!
Below is more information about breast augmentation and why so many women want this popular surgical procedure.
More Breast Augmentation Options Than Ever
A big reason breast augmentation surgery is getting more popular is that receiving breast implants is safer and more customizable than ever. As implant surgery techniques and surgical tools improve, more options are available for you.
For example, you have more choices today about the types of breast implant, shape, placement, and location of incisions.
One of the most significant changes is a new implant type of highly cohesive gel implants, commonly called ‘gummy bear’ breast implants. These implants are made to keep their shape better than silicone implants or saline implants, and they feel and look more like the real thing.
Because of their strength, gummy bear implants are not as likely to leak or rupture. Gummy bear implants also can be a good choice for breast reconstruction surgery.
Less Is More
Years ago, breast surgery with traditional implants had a reputation for a big, bold chest, like Pamela Anderson or Victoria Beckham. Many women opted for these large types of breast implants, but they didn’t go with their bodies or couldn’t be appropriately implanted because of a lack of breast tissue.
This caused problems, such as unnatural-looking outcomes and stretched skin. It was too evident that the woman had had implants.
These days, more women are attracted to a breast implant procedure that leaves them with a more natural look. This is what is in style. The aesthetic that many want is sophisticated; they want to undergo breast augmentation surgery that looks enhanced but is close to their actual breast size and matches their physique.
There are some women who had larger breasts implanted in the past but now want breast reduction surgery. Other women opt for fat transfer breast augmentation that uses liposuction on different body parts. The fat is injected into the breasts for a slight increase in volume.
Good Health Is Vital
As women undergo breast augmentation or a breast lift, they want to improve their figure, but they still want to work out and stay active. It’s possible to keep in shape with large implants, but they do present challenges. Many women want smaller implants to ensure they can still play sports and exercise.
There also is more talk about possible health problems like breast implant illness when discussing issues related to breast implants, including a rare type of cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma or ALCL. This rare cancer may be connected to textured breast implants, which are no longer on the market.
Under The Muscle Method
Another reason more women like breast augmentation today is the more natural results that are possible with the sub-pectoral muscle placement of the implants. With this method, your plastic surgeon creates a pocket under the chest muscle, which lets the implant be placed with more precision.
It also helps to ensure that the implant is hidden by the breast tissue and partly under the muscle. Covering the upper part of the implants with more tissue means less rippling, which is especially important for patients with little natural breast tissue.
Also, this method often produces less scarring, and there are lower chances of capsular contracture.
Breast augmentation also is surging in popularity because outcomes are improving. New technology, surgical tools, and techniques bring improvements that will enhance results, lessen recovery time and minimize scarring.
One of the most important recent innovations in this procedure was the introduction of the Keller Funnel. This tool looks like a piping bag a baker would use to put frosting on a cake. When it’s used to place a breast implant, the Keller Funnel can reduce damage to the body and implant.
This tool also reduces the chances of contamination during the surgery and lets the surgeon put in the implant with more precision. The Keller Funnel also leads to shorter incisions and faster healing times.
Another improvement to this procedure is the use of the fat transfer method. Fat transfer breast augmentation involves taking fat from one part of your body and putting it into the breasts. This is an excellent option for women who only want a minor increase in breast size. Also, fat transfer is all-natural, and complications are almost nonexistent.
Questions and Answers
Which breast implants look the most natural?
Comparing saline and silicone implants, gummy bear breast implants offer a closer resemblance to the appearance and texture of natural breasts. Comprised of a form-stable, cohesive gel, this type of silicone implant boasts a distinctive filling substance and a teardrop shape, delivering the most realistic and natural-looking outcomes among various breast implant choices.
What type of breast implants feel the most natural?
Although silicone is renowned for its natural implant feel, saline implants are a close contender. If there are specific reasons that make saline breast implants more suitable for you, we believe you won’t be disappointed with the way they feel.
What are smooth implants and textured implants?
Smooth breast implants are widely used by most plastic surgeons. These breast implants feature a smooth surface surrounding the implant. In contrast, textured breast implants, as the name implies, have a fine texture enveloping them. When the implant is positioned appropriately beneath the chest muscle and covered by sufficient breast tissue, distinguishing between textured and smooth implants should be nearly imperceptible. Keeping this in consideration, numerous women and surgeons often choose smooth implants to achieve the most natural feel.
What to consider before getting breast implants?
Selecting a breast implant type involves more than just deciding between saline implants and silicone breast implants. Several factors contribute to the choice of breast implants, including shaped implants (round implants or teardrop-shaped), texture (smooth or textured shell), and profile. Additionally, determining the appropriate size may depend on factors such as body proportions, posture, and skin elasticity.
Which is better saline or silicone gel implants?
Once in place, both types of breast implants have a distinct feel to them. Silicone implants are meticulously designed to closely emulate the feel of a natural breast, offering a soft and lifelike texture. In contrast, saline implants tend to be firmer, but in the event of a rupture, the body can safely absorb the saline solution.
How do I select the proper cosmetic surgeon?
There are so many options and particularities to choose from. When considering breast implant surgery, a decision can not be easily reached by yourself. The intricacies of silicone breast implants vs. saline breast implants should be discussed with an experienced cosmetic surgeon who has the knowledge and experience to help you reach the proper decision for your personal look, feel, and medical well being.
Request A Breast Augmentation Consultation Today
Interested in a Las Vegas breast implant surgery? Please schedule a consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rachel Mason today! She will review the options with you about breast augmentation, your goals and help determine if you’re an ideal candidate for this procedure.
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