Breast AugmentationAuthor: Evan Langsted
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in 2008 breast augmentation was the number one surgical cosmetic procedure performed on patients in the United States. The top 5 surgical cosmetic procedures in 2008 included:
- Breast augmentation: 307,230
- Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty): 279,218
- Liposuction: 245,138
- Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty): 221,398
- Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty): 121,653
Reasons for Breast Augmentation There are many reasons why so many women turn to cosmetic surgeons for breast augmentation procedures, including:
- To simply increase breast size
- To reverse the breast volume loss effects of pregnancy, breastfeeding, age or weight loss
- To even out lopsided or asymmetrical breasts
- To reconstruct breasts after a mastectomy
- To increase self-confidence and feel better about themselves
While all of the above are valid reasons for turning to breast augmentation, this decision should never be made to satisfy another person. Breast augmentation is a personal choice that can truly change a woman’s life if done for the right reasons by the right cosmetic surgeon.
Women wishing to correct sagging breasts should be aware that breast augmentation will not fix this problem. A breast lift, which removes excess skin and tissue, is often performed in conjunction with breast augmentation to help reverse the effects of gravity on the breasts and add volume.
Breast Augmentation Explained
Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammaplasty, is an invasive procedure where a cosmetic surgeon makes a small incision in which to insert either a saline or silicone-filled implant. The location of the incision can vary from patient-to-patient, depending on the patient’s lifestyle, body frame and the size and type of implant. Breast augmentation incisions are generally made in one of these areas:
- Crease below the breasts
The placement of the implant can also vary. Implants can be placed behind the chest muscle, under the breast tissue or partially behind both areas, which is called a dual plane.
Up until recently, silicone implants had a bit of a bad reputation. In the early 1990s the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) actually banned these implants until proper research could be conducted into the claims that the implants lead to serious diseases. After finding no such connection, the FDA lifted the 14-year ban in 2006.
Today, patients age 22 and older have the choice between both silicone and saline implants. In the ASPS report mentioned earlier, the gap between the popularity of silicone and saline implants is quickly closing. Of the more than 307,000 breast augmentation patients,
- 53% were saline implants
- 47% were silicone implants
There are both advantages and disadvantages of saline and silicone implants. Some women claim that silicone implants look and feel more natural than saline. However, other patients are more comfortable with the idea of saline, especially in the case of implant rupture, because saline can be easily reabsorbed into the body. A silicone rupture may go undetected, leading to further complications.
Breast augmentation is a serious surgery that necessitates a great deal of communication between the cosmetic surgeon and the patient. A good cosmetic surgeon will provide the patient with options, information about risks and complications and encourage questions and more questions.
If you have been considering a breast enlargement, please visit the website of Park Avenue Plastic Surgery in Orlando Florida to arrange a free consultation from board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Joseph .About the Author:
If you have been considering a breast enlargement, please visit the website of Park Avenue Plastic Surgery in Orlando Florida to arrange a free consultation from board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Joseph.
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