Over the last two decades, the popularity of breast augmentation has been steadily rising: According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of breast augmentations performed in America increased by 48% between the years 2000-2018. Today, it’s the most frequently performed cosmetic operation in the country.
At our clinic in Miami Beach, we’ve personally seen a wider variety of women express interest in breast implants, from young women seeking a more hourglass shape to mature patients hoping to treat breast volume loss. We attribute this increase in interest to greater awareness of the benefits of breast augmentation and substantial improvements in the procedure itself. Today, in the hands of a capable board-certified plastic surgeon, breast augmentation can produce flattering results on any figure.
4 Ways Breast Augmentation has Improved
1. Women have more options available to them.
There is no such thing as a “one size fits all” breast implant. Depending on your anatomy, you may need a small, large, or mid-sized implant. Implant shape and composition matter, too: Thinner women typically require a sloping “teardrop” implant filled with form-stable gel, while those with ample breast tissue get better results from conventional round implants. Modern implants reflect this diversity; they come in a wide array of sizes, shapes, and projections.
During your consultation, Dr. Gerth will help you review your breast implant options. With his assistance, you can choose the exact profile you want while knowing your results will flatter your body type.
2. Implants are more durable than ever before.
Early breast implants typically had to be replaced once every five to ten years. Modern silicone implants, on the other hand, can last for up to 20 years (and they very rarely leak). Many women feel more comfortable having breast augmentation knowing that they won’t need regular surgeries to maintain their results.
3. Complications have become rare because surgical methods have improved.
In the past, harmless but unflattering complications like capsular contracture (tissue hardening) and implant dimpling and shifting were fairly common after breast augmentation. Today, skilled surgeons like Dr. Gerth use specialized “no-touch” implant insertion methods to prevent bacterial contamination during surgery. This additional precaution usually eliminates the risk of capsular contracture. At the same time, better implant materials have greatly reduced the incidence of implant shifting and dimpling.
4. Modern breast augmentation surgery produces very natural-looking results.
The shape and consistency of silicone gel implants have improved dramatically over the last two decades. Today’s implants closely resemble breast tissue in how they feel and behave, making augmented breasts virtually indistinguishable from natural breasts. If you opt for a smaller implant, you’ll probably be able to keep your decision to have breast augmentation completely confidential (if that’s what you prefer).
Breast augmentation has changed a lot since the 1990s. Modern implants are safer, more durable, and easier to personalize than their historical counterparts. If you want fuller breasts, there’s never been a better time to arrange a breast augmentation consultation with Dr. David Gerth. Call our Miami Beach clinic at (305) 493-8340 to learn more about this procedure.