- Thu, 21 Mar 2013 01:15:00 +0000: Breast Augmentation Tops Year’s Procedures – The Breast Augmentation Blog
The numbers are in for most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in 2012, and breast augmentation has topped the charts!
The Wall Street Journal covered the news in a recent story, Once Banned, Silicone Breast Implants Make A Comeback.
The WSJ is of course talking about the USA market, which banned silicone implants for years amid safety concerns that mostly had to do with leaking implants and patient health.
But the rest of the world has been continuing to buy silicone implants, with saline rarely an option anywhere else.
People often ask me if I think silicone breast implants are safe. The answer is truly different for every woman, and depends on her comfort level with the idea of silicone.
I personally chose saline implants when I made the decision years ago because peace of mind was important to me. I also liked the saline had a lower incidence rate of capsular contracture, the most common potential complication of breast augmentation that results in hardened breasts.
Yet silicone continues to evolve, and today’s offerings are better than ever before. The safety, feel, and potential lifetime of the implants have all vastly improved – and the next time I have to make the choice, I may consider silicone!
If you’re still trying to decide between silicone and saline, be sure to read Chapter 4 of my eBook, The Boob Job Bible: How To Get A Safe, Sexy Breast Augmentation. I make the choice simple, and dependent on the things that are most important to YOU.
- Fri, 07 Dec 2012 04:06:00 +0000: New Sientra Teardrop Implants – Your Thoughts? – The Breast Augmentation Blog
Here’s an opportunity to let a breast augmentation implant manufacturer know what YOU think. Sientra has asked me to post the below info and questions about their brand new anatomical (also known as “teardrop”) implant offering in the USA.
Please answer the questions in bold below in the comments section to have this brand take your thoughts and questions into consideration as they work on creating breast augmentation products that better serve the public’s needs.
Sientra, makers of the newly FDA-approved, round and anatomically shaped, silicone gel breast implants, is looking to gather feedback from the online breast augmentation community. Disclaimer: I’ll be paid $200 by WEGO Health and Sientra to conduct this activity. They will also be making a $200 donation to a non-profit of my choice for gathering your thoughts and feedback.
Sientra’s exciting new line of form-stable, anatomically shaped breast implants makes Sientra the first and only company in the United States to offer both round and anatomically shaped breast implants. Shaped like teardrops, and designed to look and feel like a natural breast, anatomically shaped implants have been popular in Europe and Brazil for nearly two decades. Now, for the first time, women in the U.S. also have a choice when it comes to implant shape. Whether you prefer the more natural appearance of anatomically shaped implants or want more fullness in the upper portion of the breast that round implants provide, Sientra can help you achieve the look you want.
What makes these implants special is the silicone gel they are filled with—High-Strength cohesive silicone gel. This unique silicone gel is designed to hold together, allowing the implants to maintain their teardrop shape. The best way to illustrate the qualities of High-Strength cohesive silicone gel is to cut one of Sientra’s shaped implants in half as shown here. [http://www.youtube.com/sientra
To ensure that women who receive Sientra implants are implanted by the most highly trained surgeons, Sientra has made a commitment to sell its breast implants exclusively to Plastic Surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Sientra is the only manufacturer of breast implants to make this commitment.
For more detailed safety information about Sientra breast implants, please visit www.sientra.com/resources
or call Sientra at (888) 708-0808.
Sientra would like your feedback on some key questions:
1. Is this the first time that you’re hearing about Sientra’s new anatomically shaped silicone gel breast implants? What are your initial thoughts about these implants.
2. What do you think about these new anatomically shaped implant options? How do you think they compare to breast implant options that are on the market or currently being reviewed for approval by the FDA?
3. Which piece of information in this posting, in conjunction with the safety information at www.sientra.com/resources, do you consider most important when deciding which breast implant is best for you?
- Thu, 13 Sep 2012 02:41:00 +0000: A History Of Breast Augmentation – The Breast Augmentation Blog
Have you ever wondered how breast augmentation evolved?
Read on below to find out, in this insightful guest post contributed by The Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in the UK.
Breast Implants – A History
Breast augmentation is not only about getting implants – patients undergo breast reductions as well as enlargements, with common reasons ranging from backache to fears about breast cancer, to purely cosmetic concerns.
Modern-day techniques are minimally invasive, allowing implants to be put in place safely, while reductions are also carried out with the aim of leaving minimal scarring behind, even in complicated procedures where large amounts of tissue are removed and the nipple repositioned.
Whether you are having an enlargement or a reduction, centuries of progress are behind the approach taken by your surgeon – and breast augmentation has made rapid progress in the past 50 years alone.
While forms of plastic surgery have been around for centuries, and breast implants made of sponge and other materials had already been attempted, it wasn’t until 1962 that the first silicone implants were devised by Texan doctors Frank Gerow and Thomas Cronin.
Timmie Jean Lindsey became the first human recipient – and made headlines again 50 years later when, at the age of 80, she appeared in newspapers around the world to comment on the 50th anniversary of silicone implants.
Lindsey was pictured within weeks of her operation and, while the images are low-resolution, they demonstrate that her healing process had seemingly taken about two months to complete.
In the 1970s, mass-production of breast implants gathered speed, and new alternatives were introduced – including attempts at creating inflatable implants.
However, it was progress in silicone implants that led the industry throughout the decade, with much softer outer casings better mimicking real breast tissue.
A landmark event in the UK occurred in 1979, with the first meeting of the British Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, which became BAAPS (the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) in 1982.
Safety became a key concern in the 1980s amidst claims that silicone implants could cause health problems. Leakage of the silicone gel through the thin walls of the implants used at the time was linked with cancer in animals, but no equivalent risk was found in humans, and by the end of the decade new implants with thicker walls were being introduced.
Regulations in the US dominated the decade, as the FDA announced a voluntary moratorium on the use of silicone implants in January 1992, until further safety investigations had been carried out.
From July 1992, silicone implants were approved for reconstruction work, while June 1998 saw approval given for limited augmentation work with silicone implants.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), 101,176 breast augmentations were carried out in 1997 – remember that figure, as we’ll be coming back to it later.
By the end of the decade, breast augmentation was by far the most popular form of cosmetic surgery, but ASAPS figures show that it has its rivals.
From 101,176 breast augmentations carried out in the US in 1997, the figure rose to 316,848 in 2011 – but for the first time in three years, liposuction ranked as the top US cosmetic surgical procedure, with 325,332 individual procedures carried out.
In the UK, breast augmentation also rose at the end of the decade, by 10% in 2010 alone, with 9,418 procedures carried out according to the BAAPS annual audit – and breast reductions ranked as the second-most popular male plastic surgery procedure.
Today there are all sorts of breast augmentation procedures carried out on a daily basis – from simple implants or reductions, to mastopexy (breast uplift surgery) which restores a more youthful appearance, and male reductions to tackle gynaecomastia.
Professional organisations such as BAAPS exist to ensure standards are upheld – and are as likely to be seen campaigning against unsafe procedures as they are to be championing the latest innovation.
While there is no set price for breast implants or augmentation surgery – which is decided on a case-by-case basis – the NHS will rarely fund such treatments without clear health reasons, and private surgery costs around $6,000 in the USA and £4,000 in the UK.
Breast augmentation is here to stay, whether carried out on the NHS for purely health-related reasons, or privately for cosmetic purposes – and in both instances, there is a real commitment to patient care and to providing implants that can remain in place for many years to come.
- Sun, 15 Jul 2012 23:23:00 +0000: Breast Augmentation Improves Sex Life, Says Survey – The Breast Augmentation Blog
Getting a new pair of girls significantly improves your sex life, says a new survey conducted by RealSelf.com.
Survey highlights to note:
- Women paid an average of $6,600 for breast augmentation and $10,000 for breast lift.
- 61 percent of respondents said they had more sex after undergoing breast augmentation, compared with just seven percent who said they have less sex since getting the procedure.
- 70 percent said their sex life satisfaction improved after getting breast implants.
- On a scale of one to 10, 28 percent of women with breast implants said their sex life improved by more than four points.
- 85 percent of women said their breast augmentation was worth it – meaning 8.5 out of 10 patients would do it again if they could. For breast lift, 82 percent of women said it was worth it.
- Sun, 06 May 2012 14:22:00 +0000: World Boob Map Shows Average Breast Size By Country – The Breast Augmentation Blog
Well, there you have it – a map put out by German newspaper Bild that purports to show the average breast cup size by country.
So where will you find the largest breasts in the world? Russia, Finland, Sweden and Norway all weigh in at an average “greater than D cup” – though the United States, Venezuela and Columbia all factor close behind, with average D cups.
Meanwhile, the most petite bustlines can be found in Africa and Eastern Asia.
While this likely isn’t the most scientific map (we don’t know if they factored breast augmentations into the average size, though by the looks of it, my guess is they did), it does help give you an idea of which cultures may influence the desire to have a certain breast cup size.