Thinking About Breast Surgery?
Here Are 5 Interesting Facts About Getting Breast Surgery and Breast Augmentation
1. What is the difference between breast surgery augmentation and breast implant surgery?
Breast surgery is not a new medical surgery. However, breast augmentation and breast implant surgery are terms often used interchangeably.
So what is exactly is Breast augmentation? Breast augmentation is the actual surgical procedure that is used to enhance or change, breast size, shape or fullness.
Whereas, breast implants are the medical devices such as silicone, saline or the individual’s own fat tissue (autologous fat transfer) placed under the chest muscles or within the breast sacs during breast surgery to reshape the breast.
2. How many people get breast surgery every year, and how much money is spent on breast surgery?
In the USA, breast surgery is the #1 cosmetic surgery.
In 2010, over 1 million women had breast augmentation spending over an astounding 2 billion US dollars! According to an article by Donald Brown in Pacific Heights Plastic Surgery Blog.
Women were estimated to be 30-39 years of age with a median age of 34.
3. If you don’t want breast surgery, can you get larger breasts with chest exercises?
Many women lose breast volume after pregnancy, or after a large amount of weight loss, and are unhappy with the way their breasts hang afterwards. There is no way to get breast volume back, short of breast implants — there are no exercises or muscle gains that can build back up lost breast tissue.
Underneath your breasts lies a layer of muscle called the pectoralis. Pectoral exercises can give your chest a larger, firmer appearance.
However, chest workouts do nothing to actually help boost sagging breasts. Chest exercises only work the muscle underneath the breast. Your chest size will increase not the actual breast size themselves.
Breast tissue is composed mainly of glandular tissue and fat therefore working out the chest, with bench presses, for example, works out the pectoralis major and minor muscle underneath the breast which causes only the muscle to get bigger (hypertrophy).
Again, since, breast tissue is composed of fat if you work out the muscle underneath the breast you won’t increase the fat in the breast you will only firm up the underlying pectoral muscles.
4. Why are women getting breast surgery?
It is thought that the main reason that women get breast surgery is for their husband, lover, or partner. This thought simply holds very little truth.
“Many individuals, (including health care providers), have…negative ideas about those who have plastic surgery, without…understanding the benefits that…from these procedures.” said study leader, Prof. Cynthia Figueroa-Haas.
- 90% of women do breast surgery after they have had children for positive body transformation leading to increased self-esteem.
Think again of the statistical age that women get breast implants (age 30-39) which just happens to be the age many women are of post-childbearing age. Many plastic surgeons have coined the phrase “mommy makeover” in their advertising strategies to target this specific group of women.
Women report higher self-esteem and self-confidence after surgeries.
- 79%-98% of women who undergo breast surgery are satisfied with the results.
“Breast enlargement boosts self-esteem – women…experience a significant boost in self-esteem and (experience) positive feelings about their sexuality after…breast…surgery.” as reported in Plastic Surgery Nursing.
Experts emphasize that although plastic surgery is not a cure for an individual’s feelings of sexual attractiveness or self-worth, there are many “…psychological benefits of these procedures.”
- 98% of women who underwent breast augmentation surgery said the results met their expectations. “(women)…reported improvements in quality of life and self-esteem…” According to plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Swanson who conducted the study and published the article in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (May 2013 issue).
5. Why are men also electing to have breast surgery?
In the USA, more men are getting cosmetic procedures. Over the past 5 years, there has been a 43% increase overall with male breast surgery weighing in at a 33% increase.
- Male Breast Reduction (up 33%)
- Blepharoplasty (up 34%)
- Facelift (up 44%)
Gynecomastia is the top reason men have excessive breast tissue and opt for breast surgery to correct this issue. Another breast surgery for men is aimed at giving them increased muscle mass to sculpt a more muscular looking chest.
“…One thing is abundantly clear, the number of men flocking to plastic surgeons for…surgical…procedures continues to increase dramatically and are up 43% this year alone”, states Michael Edwards, MD, President of the ASAPS.
The ASAPS, (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery), has been collecting statistical data since 1997 and has reported a whopping 273% increase in the number of procedures performed on men.
“This is not a trend we expect to see wane anytime soon. (Men are) facing a challenging,…ageist, job market. Men, like women,…consider their options to maintain a youthful appearance…and (explore) the full spectrum of care offered by board-certified plastic surgeons…,” says President James Grotting, MD, of ASAPS.
Plastic surgery doctors have now coined the phrase “daddy do-overs” due to the trending surge in male plastic surgery; as discussed in an article by Business Insider from an interview with a Manhattan-based plastic surgeon Dr. Douglas Steinbrech.
Final thoughts on breast surgery augmentation
Well, it seems that cosmetic surgery and breast surgery, on a whole, is becoming one of the biggest elective medical procedures for both women and men alike. With the individual’s desire for improved self-esteem, the growth in workforce competition, and the statistical data to validate findings, it seems clear that the trend for cosmetic and breast surgery will likely continue to grow.
You can read more about the recovery process in this article.
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