If you’ve been dreaming of getting shapelier, fuller breasts through breast augmentation, you’re in good company. According to current statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, augmentation mammoplasty remained the most sought-after cosmetic procedure nationwide in 2018, with more than 310,000 surgeries performed. This number also represents a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of people seeking breast augmentation since 2000.
Breast augmentation surgery has come a long way since the earliest invention and implementation of breast implants in the 1960s. As a patient, you now have more choices than ever before for getting beautiful, natural-looking results with this procedure — especially when you choose an experienced surgeon to perform it. Here are some reasons now may be the ideal time for you to get breast augmentation surgery.
1. Doctors Have Better Surgical Experience
Humans are innovators who are never satisfied with the status quo. The innovators at the forefront of science and medicine are constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible, and cosmetic medicine is no exception. Thanks to advanced training and continuing educational opportunities, surgeons who are committed to their craft can stay on the cutting edge of the field, and can offer this knowledge and experience to their patients. As a board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Chris Livingston stays on top of the latest surgical trends, and passes that knowledge along to the next generation as well, in his role as an assistant clinical professor of plastic surgery at the University of Texas School of Medicine.
2. Patients Have More Options
If you’re just starting your research into breast augmentation surgery, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover it is not a cookie-cutter procedure. Dr. Livingston can offer his patients a wider variety of choices than ever before when performing this surgery, including the following.
- Size and projection of your augmented breasts
- Implant material: saline, silicone, or gummy bear
- Implant texture: smooth or slightly rough
- Implant shape: round or teardrop
- Placement of your implants
- Location of your incisions
You will have plenty of decisions to make, and Dr. Livingston will explain the advantages of each to help you select the options that will not only meet your aesthetic goals, but will also work with your proportions and frame to create the appearance you’ve always wanted.
3. More Discreet Healing
When it comes to factors such as lifestyle, body type, and expectations, Dr. Livingston understands no two patients are the same. That’s why he will spend time going over your options for where you would like him to insert your implants. While many patients choose to hide the incision under the natural folds of your breasts, you may opt to have Dr. Livingston place the incisions around your areolas or in your armpits. These three different incision and placement methods allow Dr. Livingston to make the scars virtually unobtrusive, and he can also select the approach that works best for your needs as a patient.
4. Results Look More Natural
Many women who have always wished for a fuller bustline forgo enhancement surgery because they assume the results will be the dramatically overdone, “Baywatch”-style breast size that was popular in years past. However, beauty ideals have changed, and now there are ways to get implants and still have your breasts look proportional to your frame without being unrealistically large. The range of shapes, sizes, materials, and placement options available all work in your favor to help contour to your body better and settle into a more natural-looking position. If you choose to have your augmentation with an expert plastic surgeon like Dr. Livingston, most people will not realize you’ve had “work done” unless you choose to tell them.
5. The Recovery Times Are Shorter
In years past, breast augmentation patients would have to steer clear of work and physical activities for a week or more while they were healing from their surgery. Now, the choices of incision location, size and placement of your implants will all play a role in your recovery time. You will be able to return to work a few days after Dr. Livingston removes your surgical dressings, and by following your post-surgical instructions to the letter, you can ensure even better outcomes with minimal risk of complications.
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Selecting the right surgeon to perform your breast augmentation procedure is the first step in ensuring you have results you can be satisfied with for years to come. Schedule your consultation today!