Considering breast augmentation to achieve a fuller bust line? You are not alone. Despite the growing interest in minimally invasive and noninvasive treatments, breast augmentation is consistently one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries each year. In fact, according to the annual report released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation was the single most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedure in the United States in 2018.
The popularity of breast augmentation shows no sign of slowing down. As the stigma of plastic surgery disappears, surgical techniques improve, and general interest in cosmetic enhancement surges, the popularity of breast augmentation is unlikely to wane – but do not mistake steadiness for stagnation. Breast augmentation surgery is constantly evolving to accommodate changing trends and provide better outcomes for patients.
What makes today’s breast augmentations different?
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Patients Have More Options Than Ever
Modern breast augmentation surgery is the safest and most customizable it has ever been. As tools and techniques evolve, an increasing number of options are available for patients and surgeons to choose; these include the type of breast implant, the shape of the implant, the placement of the implant, and the location of the incisions during surgery.
One of the most notable innovations is the introduction of highly cohesive gel implants, also known as “gummy bear” implants. These breast implants are designed to retain their shape better than saline or silicone implants while looking and feeling more like natural breasts. Due to their strength, they are also less likely to leak or rupture than other types of breast implants.
“Less Is More” Is the Motto
Breast augmentations inspired by the dramatic curves of Pamela Anderson and Victoria Beckham were once in vogue. The desired aesthetic was a big, bold, and buxom chest. Many women tried to achieve this look by choosing large implants that did not complement their frame or could not be accommodated by their existing breast tissue. This led to stretched skin and unnatural-looking results that clearly revealed the patient had undergone surgery.
Today, more women are opting for subtle improvement with smaller breast implants. The desired aesthetic is a sophisticated look – augmented and lifted, but closer to their natural breast size and appropriate for their physique. Dr. Odinet has also seen a rise in the number of women who have already had breast augmentation who want their breast implants removed or swapped out for a smaller size.
Natural Is the New Norm
In addition to seeking a more natural-looking size, today’s patients show a greater interest in maintaining a natural shape and feel after breast augmentation. Breast implants come in many shapes, sizes, materials, widths, and projections so surgeons can better choose implants that fit each patient’s unique body. Skilled plastic surgeons have done away with the “one size fits all” approach in favor of breast augmentations that are tailored to suit each individual patient’s figure and aesthetic goals.
Many women are now choosing anatomical breast implants over round implants. Anatomical implants, also known as teardrop implants, are fuller at the bottom than at the top to reflect the natural shape of the breasts. Patients are also showing a preference for silicone implants over saline implants. Silicone implants feel and look more like real breast tissue due to their consistency and response to movement.
Health Is a Priority
Women are prioritizing health and wellness in many forms. Breast augmentation patients often express that they wish to enhance their figure without impeding their ability to maintain an active lifestyle. While it is possible to stay in shape after having larger implants placed, many women opt for more modest implants to ensure their breast augmentation will not impair their ability to exercise or play sports.
There is also a growing conversation about the potential health implications associated with breast implants including a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) that may be linked to textured breast implants which have been removed from the market. Patient safety and education are central to our mission at Kenneth Odinet MD Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Odinet and his staff will ensure you are informed of all risks associated with breast augmentation and will make every effort to reduce the likelihood of complications.
New Tools and Techniques Are Improving Outcomes
As implant technology improves, surgical tools, and techniques are also advancing. One of the most impactful developments in breast augmentation was the introduction of the Keller Funnel. The Keller Funnel looks similar to the piping bag a pastry chef uses to frost a cake. When used to insert a breast implant, the Keller Funnel can reduce trauma to the implant and the patient’s body. It also reduces the risk of contamination during surgery and allows the surgeon to place the implant more precisely. The Keller Funnel is also associated with shorter incision lengths and quicker healing times.
Another major change to breast augmentation surgery is the invention of the fat transfer technique. Fat transfer breast augmentation involves harvesting fat with liposuction from one part of the body and injecting into the breasts. This technique can be an excellent option for women who desire only a modest increase in their breast size and want an all-natural option.
Learn More About Breast Augmentation in Louisiana
Regardless of society’s shifting preferences and ideals, patients will always want to improve their body image and increase their self-confidence. The best way to achieve a beautiful breast augmentation no matter how trends change is choosing a surgeon who has a good aesthetic eye and will focus on what is best for your unique physique. Dr. Kenneth Odinet is a dual boardcertified surgeon with nearly 25 years of experience helping patients realize their body goals. Call 337-234-8648 to schedule a breast augmentation consultation at our practice in Lafayette.