The Most Popular Breast Augmentation Procedures (2022)
Breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that involves inserting implants to improve the size and shape of the breast. Improved natural body proportions and a more symmetrical, aesthetically pleasing breast profile are the ultimate goals of breast augmentation. The Aesthetic Plastic Surgery National Databank reports that Americans spent more than $1 billion on breast augmentation in 2020.
The two main categories of breast augmentation are breast implants and fat transfer augmentation; however, many other alternatives are available within these two categories.
Breast implants are the most popular type of breast augmentation. The two main types of implants used in breast augmentation include saline and silicone gel implants.
1. Saline Implants
Saline implants have an outer shell of silicone filled with a sterile saline solution. Saline-filled implants have either smooth or textured shells and come in different sizes. In case of shell leakage, a saline implant will collapse, and the body will naturally absorb the saline. The FDA has approved these implants for use in women 18 years and above.
2. Silicone Implants
These implants are filled by silicone gel. The gel has a relatively more tissue-like feel. The gel leaking from an implant may stay inside the implant shell or find its way into the breast implant pocket. A leaking silicone gel-filled implant won’t collapse. The FDA has approved silicone gel implants for women 22 or above.
Both silicone and saline have a range of sizes and smooth or textured outer shell options. Everyone has their own preferences, and each has benefits and drawbacks.
Fat transfer augmentation
During this procedure, your surgeon will remove fat from another part of your body using liposuction and then inject it into your breasts. This type of augmentation is usually chosen by patients who want a slight rise in breast size. The surgeon removes fat mostly from your belly, thighs, back, or flanks.
Why do people get breast augmentation?
- To restore the lost breast fullness after pregnancy and breastfeeding
- To feel more confident in their body, feel empowered.
- To alter the symmetry if the breasts are of different size
Cost of breast augmentation
The location, surgeon, and implant type all affect how much breast implants cost.
The average cost of the procedure is between $5,000 and $10,000. Breast augmentation is typically not covered by health insurance because it is a cosmetic procedure.
Risks associated with breast augmentation include:
- Scar tissue
- Breast pain
- Changes in the breast sensation
- Rupture or leaking of an implant
Breast augmentation can change the size and shape of your breast. Your breasts will keep aging even after the augmentation. So, don’t expect perfection and keep realistic expectations.
It is also important to visit your doctor on and ff to ensure that the implant is intact at its original location.