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Breast Augmentation Turns 50-Plus

In 2012, breast augmentation surgery turned fifty, which makes the procedure over 50-plus-one years today! So now it’s over half a century since breast implants started making a difference to women’s lives. The first silicone breast implant surgery took place in 1962 and the procedure has now gained wide acceptance as the solution for women craving that well-endowed look or wishing to resolve conditions like loss of breast volume or disproportionate breasts.

FDA-approved saline and silicone-gel implants are utilized to perform breast implants surgery and both are recognized for their safety and efficacy. Saline implants require only a smaller incision as they are filled with the saline solution after placement. Silicone gel implants come pre-filled and so require a slightly larger incision. These implants are available in different sizes and shapes. Moreover, there are different types of incisions for placement such as beneath the breasts, around the nipple and through the armpit. The plastic surgeon guides the woman in making these choices based on her goals and physiological considerations. Special care is taken to ensure that the scars are inconspicuous.

With the advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery, breast augmentation has come a long way. Women can now improve breast size and shape without implants. The unique fat transfer breast enhancement procedure involves the removing fat from areas such as the hips, love handles or back and injecting it into the breasts. The use of the patient’s own fat for augmentation resolves implant related issues and offers a more natural looking outcome.

Supporting both these implantation procedures is yet another innovation – advanced 3D technology. Take the Axis Three Simulation system. It allows the patient to visualize the results with 3D simulations before the surgery is performed. This gives them greater confidence in the results and helps them take an informed decision. It also helps the surgeon plan the surgery as well as further interventions.

The advancements in the cosmetic surgery have also improved the safety and efficiency of breast augmentation procedures. An American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) report released on March 12, 2013 revealed that breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery in the United States. In 2012, 0ver 330,000 women underwent the procedure, with 72% choosing silicone gel breast implants and 28% selecting saline implants.