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If you’ve commuted in an American city in the past decade, you’ve probably seen some kind of cheeky ad for affordable, accessible breast implants. A young woman comparing tangerines with grapefruits has greeted subway riders in New York City for the past several years. A giant close-up of cleavage promising “a gift you can both enjoy” loomed over the streets of one Utah town in 2007. Almost a decade later, a California billboard reminded women that size matters.
Boob jobs have been ubiquitous in American popular culture since the 1980s, when laws changed to allow plastic surgeons to advertise and credit cards became widely available. But safety concerns have dogged the procedure…
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Tissue engineered implants, however, are not the only recent innovations in the field. Many groups are working on perfecting a reconstruction technique using injections of the person’s own fat, boosted with extra stem cells to help the tissue survive. Medical professionals are still debating the safety and how the breasts hold up long term. In contrast to the new implants, the procedure might have to be done several times.
Recently I got a new set of breast implants. I had the first pair for nearly two decades, and they needed to be replaced. I’ve been reckoning with my reasons for getting fake boobs in the first place. Most of us don’t talk about implants with the people who never see us naked. But breast augmentation has risen more than 48 percent since 2000. It’s the No. 1 most-requested surgical cosmetic procedure in the United States, with nearly 314,000 performed in 2018.
Your ultimate guide to types, cost, and the before, during, and after of surgery.
If you’re planning to go through a breast augmentation procedure, here are a few vital things you should know to prepare for it:
Before the days of saline and silicone, doctors would try inserting pretty much anything. As this horrifying history of breast implants shows, that didn’t always work out.
For this episode, the hosts talk about the intersection of gender and health in the court system through the history of breast implants. Starting with the first implant surgery to the current debates about the safety of implants, the hosts explore what counts as “scientific evidence” in the courtroom and our own cultural assumptions about breast implants and the women who choose to get them.
The right plastic surgeon can help you choose the implants that are most likely to give you the outcome you want. They can also explain the risks of different types of implants, to help you make a fully informed choice.
The most recent data from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) shows that 87% of breast implant surgeries today use silicone implants.
I am hoping by sharing my breast augmentation experience that I can help answer questions for those who are on the fence about getting plastic surgery. I am not trying to influence anyone into getting plastic surgery or abstaining from it, but instead to share my personal experience and my reasons behind doing so.
If I had a nickel for every time I was asked, "Hey, are your boobs real?" I would probably be a millionaire. What gave it away? The perfect roundness or the fact that I am Asian and, let's face it, most Asian girls do not have a huge rack?
While breast augmentation is the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery in North America, patients should be aware that there are several factors to consider before choosing to receive a breast augmentation.
The fact is, the scientific and regulatory hurdles to getting Cytori’s cells into clinical use will be easier to clear for breasts than for other tissue: Breasts simply aren’t as necessary as other organs, so the bar for proving to regulators that the technology works will be lower.
It’s also a booming market. In 2009, women forked over $964 million to plastic surgeons for breast augmentation, which edges out nose jobs as the most commonly performed plastic surgery in the US.
Mollman notes the parallels between genital mutilation in foreign countries and breast implants here – the very real possibility of health complications, the fact that both are “carried out solely to satisfy stereotyped notions of what a women could or should be.”
Mollman’s overall point is a good one but the parallel has its limitations.
“It is true that implants can make visibility of breast tissue more difficult during a standard mammogram. However, augmented women can be effectively screened for cancer, they just require additional views called ‘implant displacement views.’”
Dr. Hamas has been working on his product since 1992, shortly after the moratorium on silicone. The idea was to figure out a way to keep the saline from sloshing around like a whiskey sour. After much trial and error, he created a series of implant shells nested together, like Russian dolls, and two separate chambers that hold saline. This internal structure limited the saline’s ability to move, while supporting the implant edges to reduce wrinkling.
All breast implants will eventually break, but it is not known how many years the breast implants that are currently on the market will last. Studies of silicone breast implants suggest that most implants last seven to 12 years, but some break during the first few months or years, while others last more than 15 years.
Probably not. But, bigger is better, at least that is the American way of life. We drive big cars, we live in big houses, we eat supersized meals and we drink big gulps sitting in front of a big screen TV.
I smile because my breasts remind me of how far I’ve come — how I grew from a flat chested spirit to a voluptuous one. Not to mention, I love my curves.
Surgeons and patients say silicone implants look and feel more like natural breasts. But the FDA banned their use in cosmetic procedures in 1992 after complaints that the devices ruptured—and among concerns that they could lead to health problems, including connective-tissue diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.
My bias in favor of silicone implants primarily has to do with my unwavering commitment to creating natural appearing breast augmentation results. Silicone implants simply look and feel more natural than saline implants.
Both are approved by the FDA but which is better? Each has its own benefits and advantages. Each has its own potential liabilities and disadvantages. Neither is perfect. But both have their good points.
While the number of surgeries continues to grow, so does the advancement in technique and breast implant technology posing a challenge for patients considering breast enhancement.To ease the confusion, I’d like to cover the 4 S’s for breast augmentation:
My Free Implants solicits donations for plastic surgery. But implants are never really free.
This country’s industrial capital was once known for steel and aluminum. Today, people come here for the silicone.
What was unexpectedly freeing about my implants was a shift in what clothing I felt I could get away with. I imagine many women feel this way, albeit in the opposite direction: Suddenly they "fill out" standard clothing shapes they hadn't before. But after my implants, I looked cartoonish in my fancy dresses—those that fit, anyway. Their aura of classic charm was ruined by my body's inherent garishness.
Today’s boob job is about more than buying breast implants. The term is also used to refer to breast lifts, reductions, or a combination lift and augmentation with implants.
Breast implants are bigger than ever. They remain the number one cosmetic surgery in the United States—more popular than nose jobs and liposuction. Even my favorite small-chested bombshells are going under the knife: Iggy Azalea, and allegedly Kate Hudson, too. There’s even ads for breast implants on the New York subway, with the tagline “dream big.” As if getting implants were as casual as buying toothpaste.
Boob jobs have been ubiquitous in American popular culture since the 1980s, when laws changed to allow plastic surgeons to advertise and credit cards became widely available. But safety concerns have dogged the procedure since the first silicone breast enhancements were successfully implanted by Texas surgeons in 1962.
Whether going bigger or smaller, there’s bound to be a few shocks along the way…
Four years ago I made one of the best decisions of my life: I decided to get a breast augmentation.
After researching, saving and meeting with a few different surgeons, I went under the knife to correct a size difference and restore the fullness my bust once had before I lost weight.
Although I’m happy with the outcome, I came face-to-face with a few unexpected factors, both good and bad…
Your first breast surgery probably won’t be your last.
Isn't it strange to have the same stuff in your body that baking molds, mouse pads, and Silly Putty are made of?
No, not at all. I haven't for a single minute regretted my decision. I'm not afraid I'll be reduced to the 600 milliliters of silicone I carry around.
This website is your most accurate source for information about breast implants so that you can make choices that are best for you. Unlike most breast implant websites, the information on our website is not paid for by plastic surgeons or breast implant makers who want you as customers.
In the past, women seeking breast implants were forced to choose between the peace of mind of saline or the more realistic look and natural feel of silicone gel. IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants are the next-generation technology that offers you the benefits of both, so women can feel beautiful and secure.
MyFreeImplants.com is a social funding company that provides the only no cost alternative to expensive cosmetic surgery loans. The service is a specialized social networking website that provides fundraising for women who have a strong desire to enhance their physical appearance through breast augmentation surgery, and donors who wish to make a difference in their lives.
Welcome! Breast Implant Advice has been the premier go to website for all things breast augmentation related since 2010. Find the right surgeon, factual information relating to pre and post op care, even sign up for a ‘Surgery Buddy’ and much more.
A plastic surgeon busts the myths.
Thinking about breast augmentation with implants? You've come to the right place. The newly revamped Breastimplants4you.com is your one-stop resource for everything and anything related to your breast augmentation — the No.1 cosmetic surgical procedure performed in the United States.
Okay, so before you become quick to judge, me getting breast implants was not a vain decision, I was horribly flat chested, I couldn't even fill out a training bra.
This is an informational blog. I did a lot of research before I decided to actually get my breast augmentation. I wish I had found a blog with details and great photos. So, if you're considering it, I hope my experience gives you what you're looking for.
According to the FDA, if you get implants (silicone or saline), you will likely need additional surgery within 10 to 15 years due to rupture, other complications, or cosmetic funkiness (asymmetry, wrinkling, rippling, etc.)...
Considering going under the knife? Here's what you should know first.