In 2015, Americans were injected more than 6.6 million times, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, which is a whopping 40 percent increase from five years ago. And now, those 6 million and counting have one more option to consider when booking their next appointment, as the FDA just approved a brand-new filler: Juvéderm Vollure XC. With its recent approval by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for use in correcting facial wrinkles and folds, Juvéderm Vollure XC is the most recent dermal filler to offer longer-lasting results. Vollure XC has been cleared for use in patients over the age of 21, and as with other fillers, results depend on the individual, but VollureXC is said to last up to 18 months.
Today both injectables and fillers are commonplace treatments to eliminate facial wrinkles. However, unlike injectables, such as Botox® and Dysport®, which temporarily paralyze active muscle, fillers are used to plump the problem area to lift and soften the appearance wrinkles.
Breast augmentation surgery is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure, according to the latest statistics obtained by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Every year, almost 300,000 women undergo breast augmentation in the US, including silicone gel, saline, and the newer structured implants. Along with the popularity of the procedure comes increased media coverage and open discussion of the procedure, as well as some common assumptions about breast implants that often are not based on scientific fact but rather on public lore. If you are one of the many women considering breast augmentation surgery, here is some pertinent factual information to help dispel myths about the operation.
Many New Year's resolutions involve getting in shape and getting "beach ready" for the summer months. Now that summer is just around the corner, it is not unusual to notice those stubborn areas that have just not responded the way they should to all of those long, hard months of exercise and following a healthy lifestyle. Liposuction may be a good option for these areas.
I think most of us women have a love/hate relationship with our breasts. While they were “technically designed” as a tool to feed our babies- they have somehow morphed into a symbol of what it means to be feminine, fertile and alluring. And since our breasts then become extensions of and a barometer of our beauty and sex appeal - it is inevitable that so many of us become tortured by the appearance of our mammary glands. I’d say it is rare that you will find any woman whose breasts aren’t too small, too big or misshapen. And then there is the predicament of the breastfeeding mom- who actually takes advantage of her breasts’ biological use only to find that post-feeding said breasts have lost all shape, form and even some size. Well, it’s enough to drive ANYONE straight through the doors of Dr. Poblete's office for an augmentation. The truth is, so many of us have questions about our breasts and whether or not to take the proverbial plunge and undergo breast augmentation. Here are just a few facts to have in your arsenal if 2016 is the year you are ready to go forth and garner different cleavage!
Is Bigger Always Better?
While most of us might think bigger is always better, most experts emphatically say, absolutely not!
The goal of a breast augmentation is to create normal sized breasts, The objective, for example, is for a flat-chested woman to be able to fit into normal clothing. In fact, the larger the implants, the worse the woman will look over time, drooping occurs faster with larger implants which often look “fake” because their ridges are more likely to be visible and the edge of the implant may be seen.”
One Size Does NOT Fit All
The size of the implant depends on the size of the woman. For example a 4’11” 98 pound woman may be very happy with a 150 cc implant but that size would be inadequate in a 5’10”, 170 pound woman. The larger woman may need a 350 cc or larger implant to make an impact. To help a woman find a size that works best for her body, your physician may have the woman bring in the bra she wants to fit into and try different sized implants in her bra. The good news, is that the industry now boasts a new generation of shaped implants called “gummy bear” or “form stable” implants. These implants are revolutionary because for the first time, the implants can provide a shape to the breast without the necessity of additional scars. The old implants were shaped by the breast but the new ones shape the breast itself.
The Brazilian Influence is REAL
There is a big Brazilian influence that has spread to places like Miami where women do request larger implants. However, it is the job of the plastic surgeon to explain the risks and benefits of these large implants. To a certain extent, an ethical plastic surgeon will allow large implants, but when the request would be expected to have a high chance of a bad result, an ethical plastic surgeon will turn down that patient. Unfortunately, the “shopper” will most likely find another surgeon who is willing to take their money in exchange for disproportionate and enormous implants.
Is the Larger-than-Life Implant a Dinosaur?
it is hard to make generalizations about breast augmentation trends since the surgery is such an individualized procedure. For example, while the request for one cup size up is appropriate for a patient with a B cup, that kind of augmentation and size might not be enough for a patient sporting a double A cup. And fortunately, (or unfortunately - depending which side of the debate you are on) there are still women who are requesting obviously fake looking results. It is a curious phenomenon that is fueled by the pornography industry, where enormous implants are so common. Most women do not see many other naked women and their frame of reference is often shaped by the pornography industry.
Bottom line? Patients should seek out a plastic surgeon with outstanding integrity who will be forthcoming about what will and won’t work for you as an individual patient. Breast augmentation should produce a normal, or natural appearance as that really is the goal of all plastic surgery.
If you are thinking about breast augmentation, make an appointment to see Dr. Poblete today!
adapted from www.smartbeautyguide.com/news/breast-surgery/facts-breast-augmentation-plunge
Last week we talked about the effects of pregnancy on the body and how a Mommy Makeover could be a an option for some women.