Why Is Breast Augmentation the most frequently performed plastic surgery procedure?

Once restricted for business women and TV stars, in the last two decades breast augmentation has become the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedure worldwide.

Since firm, rounded, well-shaped breasts are unconsciously associated to youthful, healthy women and the fact that a pair of beautiful breasts is considered sexy by both men and women, it’s not a surprise that currently up to 5% of US women (around 5 million) have received a breast implant surgery in the last year.

During the procedure, plastic surgeons place a silicone or saline solution filled implant beneath the mammary gland, and most of the time, behind the pectoral muscles to create a stronger, more durable pocket.

Access to the area where the implant will lay is usually through a periaereolar incision but also the access point may be trans axillary (near the armpit), inframammary (underneath the breasts) and even through the umbilicus.

Despite the technical complexity and many vascular and nerve elements to take care of, most of the time this surgery is performed without any complications, but patients must be aware of potential risks when receiving breast implants.

The most common complications on the acute onset are hemorrhage (in the operating room) or infection (some days later). Fortunately, a qualified surgical team is capable of early identifications of any problematic situations if something is going wrong and can make proper interventions to correct it.

Usually the recovery from a breast implant surgery can cause discomfort and takes between three weeks to one month to be fully recovered. During this period, it’s mandatory to comply with all surgeon’s instructions and wear breast support as indicated to have a fast recovery and avoid late postoperative complications such as implant migration and capsule formation.

With all the above in mind, and considering thousands of procedures done every year, it’s important to know as a patient, the complexity of mammary implants while also being aware of the benefits.

Obviously, there are clear medical indications such as postoperative mammary reconstruction after breast cancer surgery or mammary asymmetry where a breast size is significantly different from the other but when aforementioned conditions are not present, when does a woman decide on a mammary implant surgery?

Well, according to Dr. Jan Garcia, a reputed plastic surgeon specialist from the Plastic Surgery Arts Center, every woman who does not feel self confident, attractive and happy with her breasts shape or size is a good candidate to receive a mammary augmentation surgery.

Thus, young women who don’t feel attractive when wearing a swimsuit or tight garment or those requiring padding or extra breast support to feel sexy are good candidates for breast augmentation. On the other hand, women who have pendulous or deflated breasts due to age or as consequence of motherhood and breast feeding are also good candidates for an implant.

At the end of the day, a procedure intended to enhance the body figure will increase self confidence and will impact patient’s quality of life not only from an aesthetic point of view but also with self-confidence and especially self-esteem.

If you are not still sure if a breast augmentation surgery is a good fit for you or not, a consultation with Dr. Garcia, a plastic surgery specialist, will be useful to clarify any doubts. Call us today!