Breast augmentation remains one of the most sought after cosmetic surgery procedures and for good reasons. The reasons include primary reconstruction, aesthetic breast enhancement and need to correct congenital defects such as tuberous breast deformity and micromastia. Most women who undergo aesthetic breast enhancement are drawn by the desire to improve their figure or boost their level of confidence. Statistics indicate that 1 in 20 women around the world have breast implants. There are 5 key surgical incisions that are normally performed to emplace a breast implant. These are namely: Inframammary, Transaxillary, Periolar, Transabdominal and Transumbilical incisions.
Inframammary incision is one of the most preferred types of surgical incisions. Under this procedure, incision is made in the infra-mammary fold, an area below the breast. The procedure involves emplacing silicone gel implants. To produce optimal breast enhancement results, surgeons may blend a number of conventional techniques with new breast augmentation approaches. Before a breast implant patient undergoes surgery, she is first evaluated to establish the most appropriate surgical procedure and treatment plan. Several breast implant surgery for women have been approved by the FDA, they include IDEAL, saline, gummy bear and silicone gel implants. The FDA approved Gummy Bear Implants or Allergen 410 cohesive gel breast implant in February 2013.
IDEAL is a type of saline implant that is resistant to the undesired rippling effect. The implant is increasingly becoming popular because it also promises a more natural look. One other popular breast implant is the B-Lite implant, which uses microsphere technology. This implant is designed to decrease the amount of tear and wear of the implant after augmentation. The technology is yet to be approved in the US. Breast implants have come a long way and been a subject of much gossip, especially in Hollywood circles. In 1992, the FDA placed a moratorium on their use, but this was lifted in 2006 after new safety rules were implemented. Advances in breast augmentation treatment have also brought numerous state-of-the-art visual technologies,
The technologies have done a lot to boost patient confidence. Today, a surgeon can use 3D simulation device such as the Oculus Rift 3D Imaging glass or Vectra 3D to show patient’s how the breast job will look like after augmentation. Looking into the future of breast implant, many researchers point to stem cell technology as the next frontier in breast augmentation. Using stem cells, immature stem cells can be coached to transform into cells of any desired organ. Scientists also believe using stem cell to enlarge breast could potentially reduce rising cases of breast cancer. Case in point, a woman who has undergone a mastectomy to cure or reduce breast cancer could re-grow a healthy breast using the stem cell harvested from her body fat.