The numbers are in, and for 2015, Breast Augmentation tops the list as the most performed cosmetic surgery in the United States. With a whopping 279,143 procedures performed, breast augmentation maintained its long-running number one spot ahead of liposuction (with 222,051 surgeries performed). Rounding out the top five are 3) rhinoplasty or nose surgery, 4) blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery and 5) tummy tuck.
Breast augmentation uses breast implants (either saline or silicone gel) to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. And it’s no wonder that it continues to be so popular. Our patients who have undergone this procedure often say that they feel more self-confident and have an improved self-image. A breast augmentation can help balance out a woman’s figure as well as increase the fullness and projection of the breasts – especially after volume loss as a result of pregnancy or weight loss.
If you’d like to learn more about breast augmentation, we invite you to schedule your free consultation and sizing appointment. Give us a call at 706.543.0404 and ask to speak with Katie Garmon, our patient care coordinator.
This past weekend, I went to New York to visit the headquarters and processing plant of MTF (short for Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation). MTF is a non-profit company specializing in producing human allografts – any bone, ligament, cartilage, tendon or section of skin commonly used in many reconstructive procedures. These allografts come from donors – people who die in accidents or from sudden illness – and many times, just one donor’s special gift can help a lot of people.
In regards to plastic surgery, donated skin is used to help burn victims and is also used in women undergoing breast reconstruction. For some time now I have used allografts in many of my breast reconstruction patients. Using these allografts helps in covering tissue expanders and breast implants and helps to make a more natural-looking breast. MTF discussed their standards for donation and gave examples of how they have improved upon their techniques of processing the grafts and how this has translated into better outcomes in breast reconstruction patients.
With Breast Cancer Awareness month having just finished, it was interesting and encouraging to see how the medical industry continues to make advancements to help our breast cancer patients.
When it comes to their breasts, most women think of them in terms of cup size. Unfortunately, there is no uniformity when it comes to bra manufacturers. A C-cup in a Calvin Klein bra may be a B-cup at Victoria’s Secret. What really matters is proportion. When it comes to breast size, cup size isn’t as important as how your new breasts fit your body and lifestyle.
Cleavage is another topic that is usually addressed when women think about breast augmentation. It’s important to know that cleavage is more about your chest anatomy than it is actual breast size. If you have a wide chest and your breasts are set far apart, a breast augmentation will give you more fullness but not cleavage. If you have a narrow chest and your breasts sit close together, you will probably have pronounced cleavage after your surgery.
Choosing your new breast size is all about body proportion and what size you are comfortable with. that being said, at your breast augmentation consultation, you get to “try on” different size implants to give you an idea of what your new breasts will look like. Here at Parker Plastic Surgery, we usually ask patients to bring a couple of different style shirts to get an idea of how your new breasts will look in different tops. Dr. Parker and his staff will help guide you when trying on implant sizers, but we also encourage you to bring a friend or significant other if you’d like another opinion.
If you have questions or would like to schedule your complimentary cosmetic consultation, give us a call at 706.543.0404.