Just after Lipoplasty, Breast Augmentations come in second as the most popular form of plastic surgery in Beverly Hills and across America. Making up 18.9% of all plastic surgery procedures, and that number is only growing.
So why have breast implants become so popular? One major contributing factor, is that the FDA allowed the use of silicone breast implants in 2006; whereas before, only saline implants were legal.
Silicone breasts provide a most natural look and feel, while saline tends to be firmer. However, if a saline implant has a leak, the body will naturally absorb the saline. A silicone leak must be looked at by a physician and removed from the body, which is why it took so long for the FDA to approve this type of implant.
If you do decide to go with the popular silicone implant, the FDA recommends an MRI screening three years after your surgery to check for any slow leaks, and every two years after that.
Medications to deal with the pain are usually prescribed, and swelling and tenderness may occur. Scarring is also always a factor; however, today certain techniques are designed to minimize and hide scarring, leaving you with a natural look -- another reason why popularity of the procedure has grown.
While breast augmentations are growing in popularity, it is important to do your research and speak with your physician to find out if the procedure is right for you. As with any procedure there are various risks that may be present with the surgery. Dr. Hovsepian is very clear with each of his patients about the potential risks associated with procedures before the patient makes their decision.