At our Okatie practice, breast augmentation is one of our most popular procedures. This is true in the nation, as well. In 2018, over 317,000 American women opted to augment their breasts. That was up four percent from 2017.
It’s a very personal decision, but it is a life-changing choice for a woman. For most patients, augmentation completely changes the way they see their figure, and their self-confidence along with it.
If you’re considering breast augmentation for the new decade, here are a few statistics you’ll probably be interested in.
Five reasons why breast augmentation is so popular
#1 Extremely high satisfaction rates
Women who have had breast augmentation are routinely surveyed in the months and years afterwards. They report incredibly high rates of satisfaction. A recent survey from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that 98 percent of women felt their augmentation either met or exceeded their expectations. Over 90 percent of the women also said they felt the procedure increased their self-esteem.
#2 Easy recovery
Breast augmentation surgery does not involve a difficult recovery. Most women are able to return to work after just a few days of recovery. The pain is not acute, and is often related to being similar to the feeling after a rigorous upper body workout.
#3 Implants are proven to be safe
Before any implants were initially approved the FDA studied them extensively. Later, in the 80s, when there was some concern about silicone and safety, the FDA conducted another, even more rigorous, study and found no link between health issues and silicone breast implants. Plus, modern silicone gel is now very cohesive, meaning it usually adheres to itself and doesn’t leak out into the breast pocket if the implant ruptures. Dr. Smith is also a big fan of Ideal implants, which are saline, but feel like silicone. Look as some of our past blogs for information on Ideal implants.
Implant durability is continuing to improve. Although most implants will need to be replaced at least once in a patient’s life, there is no specific timeline. Manufacturers guarantee their implants for at least 10 years, and many patients have implants that can last double that time. Plus, replacing implants is not difficult as Dr. Smith can simply enter through the same original incisions to remove the old implants and place the new ones.
#5 Variety of options
There are a variety of implants available from different manufacturers. These vary by the size, the shape, and the projection. This allows patients to choose an option that fits their goals, rather than adapting to a one-size-fits-all approach.
Considering adding shape to your figure for the new decade? Call Dr. Smith at (843) 705-8940 to schedule a consultation.