Breasts unquestionably draw a generous amount of attention in society. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, as many as 300,378 breast augmentation procedures were done in the USA during the course of 2017.  Celebs such as Meghan Fox, Jennifer Aniston and Salma Hayek are inspiring countless women to turn to breast augmentation surgeries to help them obtain beautiful breasts while simultaneously boosting their self-esteems. While saline and silicone implants have proven to remain the most popular, there are a number of new procedures, such as the following, that are fast becoming commonplace in the plastic surgery circles of the world.

Fat transfer augmentation

ASPS stats indicate that augmentation procedures that make use of autologous (patient-derived) fat implants increased by as much as 72% in 2016, making it one of the more popular new-age breast enhancement methods. Women who require a relatively small increase in breast size, together with a very natural look and feel, can opt for breast enlargement via a transfer of fat. These augmentations do not entail traditional breast implants, but rather for fat to be taken from elsewhere in the body and injected into the breasts.

How does it work? 

The plastic surgeon will firstly select a suitable donor site before extracting fat using a specific liposuction method that will preserve the live fat cells. After the extracted fat and fluids have been processed into pure fat, the surgeon will cautiously inject hundreds of tiny individual fat beads into the breast area via a cannula. The reason this method is utilized is to prevent the minute vessels close to the tissue from rupturing which, in turn, keeps the newly-transferred fat cells alive. The process allows the injected fat to naturally amalgamate with the breast’s own fatty tissue, ensuing in larger breasts.

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Gummy Bear implants

Gummy Bear implants are another of the newer kids on the block when it comes to breast augmentation. Originally approved by the FDA back in 2012, this procedure is only available to adults older than 22, unless you are a women undergoing reconstructive procedures as a result of breast cancer, in which case the age restriction falls away. A Gummy Bear implant is the ideal compromise between a silicone and a saline implant, and also tend to have a longer lifespan than both. The silicone shell that is filled with silicone is in a tear-drop shape which gives it substantially more stability. The implant can hold its shape much better, even when cut in half, similar to a gummy bear sweet (which is where its name is derived from).

What does the surgery entail? 

While Gummy Bear implants provide a more natural look than conventional silicone implants, they also require a somewhat larger incision during surgery. As with any other type of implant, future surgeries may be required for maintenance purposes although the prevalence of such surgeries are less than with more traditional methods. Despite the FDA insisting that Gummy Bear implants are not necessarily superior to other methods, it is perfect for a great number of women, especially those needing severe breast reconstruction. 

Isn’t it amazing how medical technology has advanced so much that we are able to pick our desired breasts out of a catalogue and wake up after a procedure sporting them? Plastic surgery of any kind is, however,  not a decision to be taken lightly and requires thorough research to ensure that only educated decisions are being made. Don’t be hasty in making your decisions, take your time and remember that your choice is merely meant to enhance your natural beauty, not completely change who you are.

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