Breast Augmentation is the most common aesthetic plastic surgery procedure being performed both in Australia and America. As breast augmentation becomes increasingly popular, surgeons are utilizing new techniques, products and equipment to enhance the results of the operation.
A new advancement in breast augmentation techniques has been that of Fat Transfer and Injection. This technique involves the liposuction of fat from one area of the body and injecting it into the breasts. The advantages of this procedure are that it leaves no scars and the breast will remain looking natural. Cup size increase is however limited and some size can be lost over time as fat is metabolized back into the body. For more information regarding the procedure please see this article on Plasticsurgeryhub.com.au or contact Dr Simone Matousek.
Silicone and saline breast implants still remain the most popular procedure. Alternatives to silicone or saline are currently being investigated however any approved alternatives still remain in the future. Silicone or Saline implants do however now come in different shapes with the tear drop implant increasing in popularity. New advances also include implants that are specific to the left or right side.
One of the major decisions to be made when discussing implants with the surgeon is “what is the best size implant?” This is a critical decision that the surgeon can offer professional advice on however at the end of the day you must be comfortable with your choice and not be unduly influenced to do something that you do not want. In the USA, the most common breast implant size is 350cc which equates to up to two cup sizes. In some states such as Las Vegas and South California however the most common implant size is greater than 350cc whilst in Texas implants up to 500cc are common. Whilst it is generally true that the implant sizes being chosen by women have been increasing it is also true that they are often influenced by local fashion trends.
To help choose the right implant size a new technique is to utilize Vectra 3-D Imagery. The Vectra machine uses 3 dimensional imaging to take a photo of the patient that can then be manipulated so as to demonstrate what the patient would look like with varying size implants. This is a very good tool that gives visual feedback to the patient thus making the decision making process easier.
A further advancement has been the use of computer programming to calculate a theoretical best size breast implant for the individual patient. The procedure involves measuring the ladies nipple spacing and chest dimension, entering this information into a computer and then have the program calculate what would be the best size implant based upon a predetermined aesthetic shape.