Virtual reality isn’t just for gaming – now, plastic surgeons are beginning to use 3D plastic surgery simulators so you can “try on” a breast augmentation!
The software can help you see what a round implants would look like as opposed to a tear drop one, what the implant would look like under the muscle versus above, and what different sizes would look like on your frame.
Read more about it in the New York Post story here.
For women who are getting a breast augmentation and want children down the road, the ability to breastfeed is often a concern. Board-certified San Antonio plastic surgeon Elizabeth Harris, MD sheds professional light on this issue for us below. Thanks, Dr. Harris!
Women who undergo breast augmentation often share a common concern about breastfeeding: they fear that they will not be able to breastfeed future children due to scarring and other complications resulting from surgery on their breasts. There is some justification for this fear, but there is no reason to assume that breast augmentation rules out future breastfeeding.
THE GOOD NEWS
The truth is that many women manage to breastfeed their children after breast augmentation without a great deal of trouble. This is especially true of women whose cosmetic surgeon uses one of two approaches to breast surgery. Axillary incisions and crease incisions underneath the breast cause few, if any, complications with regard to breastfeeding.
Axillary incisions are popular for several reasons. These incisions are made through the armpit. Due to their location in the armpit, they do create noticeable scar tissue but the patient’s breasts retain their whole appearance and do not lose any function in the area of breastfeeding.
Inframammary incisions are made under the fold or crease of the breast. They can be noticeable, depending on the resulting contour and shape of the breast. However, they also have very little impact on a woman’s ability to breastfeed.
There are certain approaches to breast augmentation, however, that do create complications for women hoping to be able to breastfeed children in the future. For example, the periareolar incision is very popular because it uses the border of the nipple to disguise the incision. One key result of this approach, though, is damage to the tissue that is most critical to breastfeeding. The breast becomes engorged with milk as expected, but the exits are obstructed. This can be a painful experience for mothers.
Women who wish to have and breastfeed children in the future shouldn’t feel like they have to choose between breast augmentation and breastfeeding. The important thing is to educate yourself about the possible approaches and the likely results of those methods with a board-certified surgeon who can best guide you. It is possible to have the best of both worlds!”
–Dr. Elizabeth Harris, MD, San Antonio, Texas, USA
In just a span of 50 years, the answer has changed dramatically worldwide. Experts credit the steep increase to a combination of breast augmentation and a surge in western obesity rates.
Source: Transform Medical Group
Nearly every case of the rare cancer that has been linked to breast implants — anaplastic large-cell lymphoma — involves those with a textured surface (shown in the photo), NOT a smooth one, and most implants in the United States and around the world are smooth. Read more at The New York Times.
The FDA has released a statement about breast implants and cancer that definitely sounds scary.
But don’t panic. I recommend you read Jolene Edgar’s excellently researched story for Allure.com explaining the findings and their implications – click here to read more.
For Women’s Health, I explore the basics of what you need to know about fat transfer for the breasts, face and butt. Since you’re using your own fat, people also call this natural plastic surgery. But did you know that you can’t really gain more than one cup size in your boobs if you go this route? Check out the story to learn more.
(Photo above is courtesy of Dr. Parham Ganchi; it shows a butt augmentation fat transfer from the stomach)
Here’s a handy guide to breast augmentation recovery times, courtesy of MyBreast.org
Are you unsatisfied by your natural breasts, but reluctant to undergo the time and expense of enlargement surgery? Know more about breast enhancement creams and natural pills that enhance your look, get noticed by others and boost your confidence. Find out the top 2 breast growth supplements at Topbreastenhancements.com with detailed reviews compiled from different consumers.
There are surgical and non-surgical methods of increasing the size of your breasts. While this site focuses on breast augmentation, many women prefer a non-surgical approach to getting the look of larger breasts.
Alternatives to Surgery
If you’re not quite sure that surgery is right for you, there are lots of other options, too. You can increase breast size naturally in a variety of ways, including exercises that build the chest muscles, using breast enlargement pumps, and pills and creams that encourage the look of larger breasts. Always research and look for user reviews before deciding to purchase a product.
Some women choose to enhance breast size naturally using products for breast enhancement. These products generally come in one of two forms, either pills or creams. Some natural breast enhancement products include a pill and a cream, which are meant to be used together. Quality natural products typically contain herbs, plant extracts and other organic elements.
Visual Tricks to Give the Illusion of Bigger Breasts
There are a few tricks you can use to create the appearance of large and firmer breasts. Look for push up bras with silicone or gel inserts for the most authentic looking boost to your bust. Underwire styles can help lift sagging breasts. And some women use bronzer to contour the appearance of cleavage so that breasts look larger. Take a look on YouTube to see some tutorials on how to do this if you’re interested, and remember to use matte (not shimmery) bronzer for the most natural-looking results!
(Partner Post, by Claire McPhillimy)
Whether we’re wearing the wrong size bra or showing too much cleavage, when it comes to boobs we’re regularly getting it all wrong – or so we’re told.
But misunderstandings and mistakes aren’t our fault, not when you consider that from the moment puberty hits the only information we get about our breasts is usually gleaned from playground whispers. After all, the relationship we have with our barely developed boobs is kicked off listening to classroom debates about who is or isn’t stuffing their bra and fearful gossip about the dangers of wearing one to bed! Often, we end up carrying these childhood insecurities and mistaken ideas all the way to adulthood.
The Mystery of Boob Jobs
Nowhere is this clearer than the world of boob jobs.
Although 9,652 breast augmentations were performed in the UK last year, for many women going under the knife to boost their bust remains a dream.
One of the biggest reasons is that, like those playground rumors, we’re inundated with false stories and misinformation about what the process entails.
When you’ve been toying with the idea of getting a boob job for a while, separating fact from fiction with the information available is tricky.
And it’s left many of us with unfounded anxieties.
Separating fact from fiction
Don’t get us wrong, you’re right (and sensible!) to ask questions before a surgery.
But lots of your concerns are probably based on “facts” which may be fabrications or fear-mongering exaggerations.
To help you make an informed decision, we’ve debunked five of most common myths about boob jobs.
#1: You Can’t Breastfeed Afterward
Women often believe that breastfeeding won’t be possible after a boob job, and delay having one until they’ve finished having kids.
While some surgeries are riskier, like reductions, most women who have implants go on to successfully breastfeed. A respectable surgeon will be willing to talk through all possibilities with you, so don’t be shy about raising any concerns.
#2: The Gym Will Be Off-Limits
Although gym bunnies and sports enthusiasts often worry that implants will ruin their fitness regime, it’s only the recovery process which is majorly effected. You’ll be advised not to exercise at all for the first couple of weeks, and keep it low impact for at least the next couple of weeks.
Yes, it’s a pretty significant break if you’re used to hitting the treadmill five days a week, but after you’re healed up you’ll be able to resume your normal workouts.
#3: Say Goodbye to Underwired Bras
The joy of filling out a new cup size and exploring different lingerie is a big motivation for getting a boob job until someone drops the bombshell that you won’t be able to wear underwired bras afterward.
But it’s only immediately following surgery that you’ll be advised to stick to a non-wired, comfortable bra. Once you’re given the all clear from your surgeon, you’ll be able to wear whatever types of bra you choose.
#4: Everyone Will Know
Post-surgery, some people love their new boobs so much they want to show the results to the world. For others, a natural boost they can keep entirely to themselves is the goal.
The good news is that a subtle look is achievable. A good surgeon will advise you on the correct size, the appropriate placing (above or below the muscles) and the best shape of implant to give you your ideal look.
#5: Visible Scarring Will Be Left Behind
As with all medicine, cosmetic surgery has come a long way. New methods of performing breast enlargements are increasingly effective and scarring isn’t as big an issue as you imagine.
An expert surgeon will assess your individual case first but should be able to hide scars around the areola or in the small crease under your breast. Although you’ll know it’s there, strangers on the street will be none the wiser 🙂
I wrote an essay for xoJane.com that ignited a lot of discussion:
There aren’t many mainstream media articles that put women who elect to have cosmetic surgery in a positive light. I’m trying to change that – and appreciate your reading and sharing with anyone you think may be intrigued!
YouBeauty.com reports that in an October 2013 study published in the journal Sex Roles, researchers asked 29 female and 36 male students to examine 10 photos of college-aged women. Using a gaze-tracking device known as EyeLink II, the female participants were observed to look at the other women’s breasts and waists just as long as the male participants did. Check out YouBeauty’ story on the study for more details here.
Are you surprised? I’m not!
Ask any woman who has gotten her bra professionally sized and she’ll tell you: The right fit can make all the difference.
But the right cup and bust aren’t the only important factors when choosing a bra, according to Elisabeth Dale, author of the book “The Bra Zone” and founder of The Breast Life blog. “It’s like picking out shoes for an outfit — sometimes you want flip-flops or ballet slippers or high heels,” she says. Having a variety of bra styles means you can dress your chest for the occasion. Here’s how.
Read more in my story for the TODAY show: Are You Wearing The Right Bra?
CNN Money has a feature today on the growing popularity of giving cosmetic surgery – most notably breast augmentation – as a holiday gift.
“Holiday gift giving has become a staple at many cosmetic surgery practices, and the popularity has grown over the last several years, according to Tom Seery, Founder and CEO of RealSelf.com, a consumer website for patients considering cosmetic procedures.
Seery said that people are widely more accepting of nips and tucks than they used to be, and the fact that it’s become more mainstream makes people more comfortable admitting they want something done.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 15.1 million people had cosmetic procedures in the U.S. in 2013, up 104% from 2000.
“Because of that, cosmetic surgery is much less of an awkward conversation to have around the dinner table,”Seery said.”
Get this: about 10 percent of all plastic surgery patients in Germany are teenagers under the age of 20 – according to Jens Spahn, the health spokesman for one of Germany’s leading political parties. (The German Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons claims that number is rounded up too high to be accurate.)
“I think it is completely unacceptable to give a 15-year old a breast enlargement as a Christmas present,” he told Der Spiegel. And as such, he’s getting ready to work on a ban on plastic surgery for minors starting next year.
While I agree that teenagers shouldn’t be getting breast augmentation, my reason has less to do with “morals” and everything to do with safety. Women’s breasts don’t reach a “final” size until their 20s, and even after that, factors like pregnancy, breastfeeding and weight gain can still dramatically change your size. Getting a breast augmentation when you’re so young could ultimately end up with a size and shape that you don’t want – so it’s best to wait until after about the age of 21, at minimum!
I however don’t agree with a ban on plastic surgery for minors – there could be compelling emotional and psychological reasons one may want a procedure (like ear pinning or rhinoplasty) at that age, and it should be decided by a board-certified plastic surgeon on a case-by-case basis – not by a flat out ban by government intervention.
What do you think?
Believe it or not, cosmetic surgery is a popular holiday gift. Experts say it’s in due part to being the best time of year for many to undergo the procedures they’ve been wanting.
“Since things tend to slow down workwise in December, the holidays are the perfect time make a tweak and address something that’s been nagging you about your appearance,” says American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery President Edward H. Farrior, MD, FACS. “Holiday breaks offer the downtime you need to rest and recuperate from any procedures, plus the timing allows you to start the New Year fresh.”
So whose getting gifted? According to the survey, two-thirds of the patients are mothers – and most typically in their 40’s.
Whether you’re treating yourself or sharing the gift of beauty with a friend or family member, follow the Academy’s need-to-know tips before selecting a surgeon:
TIP #1: EDUCATE YOURSELF
The best patient is informed. Do your homework on procedures and treatments before visiting the surgeon so you are armed to have an informed conversation when you get there.
TIP #2: SELECT A SPECIALIST
When you select a facial plastic surgeon, you’re putting your trust – or loved one – in that physician’s hands. It is imperative that the surgeon you choose is highly credentialed to ensure the best possible outcome. Always select a board-certified surgeon.
TIP #3: BEWARE OF ONLINE DEALS
While it may be tempting to get a discount on aesthetic procedures, you should always exercise caution with blindly purchasing them. The problem is that it’s potentially dangerous and unethical to sell cosmetic surgery deals without first evaluating the patient. Remember, you don’t want a surgeon who is about the bottom line – but all about your satisfaction and results!