Breast Augmentation Surgery Hits 50th Birthday

iStock_000004507280Small Breast augmentation is the second most popular cosmetic procedure in America according to the ASAPS.

The surgery that is well known as an enhancement of the female form is hitting a milestone.

Breast augmentation surgery is turning 50 years old this year.

It’s helped women who desire a change in appearance and helped the self-confidence of millions of women who have chosen the surgery for purely cosmetic reasons and others who have chosen it to rehabilitate after breast cancer.

Breast Augmentation has come a long way since its infancy in 1962. There are two options for the implants according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS): saline and silicone.

Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water. They can come pre-filled or can be filled at the time of surgery. Last year, the average cost of procedures using these implants was $3,308.

Silicone implants are filled with silicone gel and come in varying sizes and either a textured or smooth outer shell. The 2011 average cost for this type of implant procedure was $3,694.

Recently, The Food and Drug Administration approved a new silicone implant that not only features the smooth or textured shell option, but also an option to select either a round or shaped implant. Some experts say that the shaped option can create a more natural looking breast.

“Surgical techniques for breast augmentation and breast implants themselves are continuously being refined, increasing the safety and the reliability of the procedure,” reports the ASAPS.

According to the ASAPS, breast augmentation surgery was the second most administered procedure in 2011 among its members.

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