Trends in Plastic Surgery: Breast Augmentation
- 04 June 2013
- Dr. Nidal (Nick) Masri
While it has always been popular, breast augmentation surgery saw a dip in popularity in recent years, in comparison to other forms of plastic surgery. This doesn’t necessarily mean that there were less breast augmentations being performed, just that the overall ratio of augmentations to other surgeries changed. When we look at the data
historically over the last few years, there are some interesting trends to be noted.
For instance, in 2011fashion trends included more low cut, cleavage-displaying outfits. Not surprisingly, 2012 saw a significant increase in the demand for breast augmentation surgeries as a response. This trend appears to be holding steady well into 2013, though specific figures regarding the demand for these types of surgeries will not be available until the end of the year.
In 2011 the most commonly demanded plastic surgery in the United States was liposuction with 325,332 surgeries performed throughout the country. In 2012 this frontrunner was toppled by the demand for breast augmentation. A total of 313,011 liposuction surgeries were performed in the United States in 2012 and 369,928 breast augmentation surgeries were performed throughout the country.
What is Breast Augmentation Surgery?
This surgery is referred to clinically as an augmentation mammoplasty. It involves placing implants in the breasts to improve their shape and make them appear fuller. Most procedures are requested simply as an enlargement, but symmetry is occasionally the desired effect. After weight loss , breast-feeding or pregnancy, individuals often lose volume in their breasts and come to the plastic surgeon looking to restore their original shape.
Is Breast Augmentation Right for Me?
Like with any plastic surgery, if you believe you are a candidate for a breast augmentation, ask for referrals from friends and family. Make a couple of appointments for initial consultations. You can ask your prospective surgeon any questions you might have (see lists of general questions here), and you and the doctor can discuss your particular case, most importantly whether or not you are a good candidate for this procedure.
Your doctor may recommend combining a breast augmentation with a breast lift. This will restore the tissue to its original position so the implants will sit better. This may also be necessary to ensure that your body can hold the implants in a proper position after the surgery.
So, breast augmentation was big in 2012. Will it maintain it’s popularity in 2013 and even 2014? Only time will tell (and perhaps the fashion designers).