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Breast Augmentation: Survey Highlights Recent Trends In Today's Most Popular Cosmetic Surgery Procedure
Date:4/27/2009

r the breast crease, while 25% preferred an incision around the bottom half of the areola.
  • The average implant size reported by 81% of surgeons was 300 to 400 cc (which is approximately a small to a full "C" cup bra).
  • Smooth implants, rather than implants with a textured surface, were most often preferred by 92% of respondents because it was the surgeon's preference, less wrinkling, or overall better results for the patient.
  • Ninety-six percent of surgeons used round, rather than anatomically-shaped, implants.
  • The most common position for implant placement was under the muscle (62% of surgeons).
  • The most frequently reported early complication of primary breast augmentation was nipple sensation changes, while capsular contracture (breast firmness caused by scar tissue contracting around the implant) was the most commonly cited delayed complication.

  • "Although the reintroduction of silicone gel implants was accompanied by expectations of a sharp increase in their use, this survey revealed that, among Aesthetic Society members, saline implants are used more often than silicone gel implants," said Rod Rohrich, MD and Edward Reece, M.D., the study's senior and lead authors. "However, both saline and silicone gel implants are used frequently, safely and reliably."

    "The approval of silicone gel implants has expanded the options for women considering breast augmentation," says Alan Gold, MD, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). "Nevertheless, obtaining favorable patient outcomes is usually not dependent on the type of implant as much as the use of patient-appropriate techniques by a qualified and experienced surgeon."

    According to recent data from ASAPS, breast augmentation was the top cosmetic surgical procedure in 2008, overtaking lipoplasty for the first time. In 2008, there were 355,671 breast a
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