Surgical Breast Augmentation Facts

Women in most of the world feel the pressure to conform and have breasts that would compare or equal those that are so highly prized and paraded in the media like magazines, television, movies, billboards and in Hollywood and the music scene. The insecurity and low self-esteem that can be created from breasts deemed too small or asymmetrical is nothing new to this generation. It is something that women have struggled with for millennia according to some and the surgical breast augmentation of the day has come a long way from what increasing breast size use to be.

As far as we know according to different resources and recorded history it has been well over a hundred years since a woman first tried to improve the breasts that they were born with. I am not sure why they did it or where but I’m sure that the attention they got from the men made the inconvenience worth it. To our knowledge the first attempts that women made to increase the appearance of their breasts was to wear padded clothing. This of course only worked until the clothing came off and the fraud was discovered. At least the extra clothing was safe and was not going to pose any health risks or future complications like those that have occurred since the inception of the breast implant.

In 1895 the first implant was performed. As for the substances that were used, you will find that it left a lot to be desired. There were numerous complications and even loss of life in the pursuit of a more perfect chest. It wasn’t until 1961 that silicone implants were developed. The saline implants followed in 1964. There have been other substances developed, but none as common today as saline and silicone. There were numerous complications with the newer ones as well like leaking and even causing mold to grow inside a person.

Did you know that the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has stated that the surgical breast augmentation is one of the most common types of surgeries that are being sought out? There were 329,000 breast augmentations were done in 2006 and that remains a pretty steady number. As of 2010 it is estimated that there are about 7,000,000 women in the United States with breast implants.

The surgery doesn’t last that long, only taking and hour or two to complete the procedure. The visits between patient and surgeon before the surgery are usually spent discussing the type of procedure that will be used. The differences are in the type of implant, the incision that’s required and where it will be placed. Also discussed is where the placement of the actual implant will be made. Keep in mind that these factors will have an impact on the final appearance of your breasts.

You should be able to get back into routine within a week after surgery. You will want to keep in mind that it really depends on what it is that you are doing and the level of activity that is needed. You will want to keep in mind that the scar will most likely be visible six weeks or even a few months. The scars will fade after some time.

It is common for there to be problems within the first three years after a surgical breast augmentation such as pain, a rupturing of the implant and further surgical procedures. Many women feel the risk is not worth and that has given birth to the exploration of natural substances that can help increase breast size, which will be covered in other articles.

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