Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
Women unhappy with the size or shape of their breasts have a wealth of options. Some women with large breasts may want to reduce their size through breast reduction, but most women are more interested in enhancing the size or shape of their breasts. Breast augmentation and breast lifts are two popular breast enlargement procedures. But what’s the difference between these procedures, and how do you decide which is right for you?
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a procedure that gives a new contour to the breast, but does not actually increase the size of the breasts. Breast lift procedures can rejuvenate drooping breasts that have lost firmness and have begun to sag due to age, weight or as a result of pregnancy. The breast lift plastic surgeon can also reposition the nipples during this procedure, and if desired, reduce the size of the areole, the dark circular area surrounding the nipple. As the contouring requires the removal of excess skin there are more surgical scars following a breast lift than following a breast augmentation procedure. (more…)
Monday, January 7th, 2013
Breast augmentation is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedures. But is breast augmentation safe? When performed by a qualified medical specialist – that is a cosmetic plastic surgeon trained and experienced in performing a variety of breast procedures – cosmetic breast augmentation is a very safe procedure. Breast augmentation surgery is performed with breast implants, which are inserted under the breast tissue and muscle to provide shape and volume to the breasts. The implants are FDA approved, and made to exacting standards. Two main types of breast implants are used for cosmetic surgery breast augmentation: silicone breast augmentation implants and saline breast enlargement implants. FDA-approved breast implants are available in a variety of sizes, types, and styles of implants. The plastic surgery procedure is typically completed in one to two hours. (more…)
Monday, December 31st, 2012
Breast augmentation is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that adds shape and volume to the breasts, giving them a more youthful and attractive appearance. Cosmetic breast augmentation is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures today. Women may consider breast enlargement surgery because they’re unhappy with the current size or shape of their breasts,.
Breast augmentation is performed with breast implants. FDA-approved breast implants are available in a variety of sizes, types, and styles. The two main types of breast implants used for cosmetic surgery breast augmentation are silicone breast augmentation implants and saline breast enlargement implants. (more…)
Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
My, how we love Top Ten lists: The Top Ten movies, Top Ten songs, Top Ten books and yes, the Top Ten Cosmetic Procedures. Since 1997 the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) has taken an annual survey of cosmetic surgeons to find out about trends in cosmetic procedures. Among other questions, the survey asks about the number of various procedures performed by plastic surgery doctors. Now the results of the 15th annual ASAPS survey have been released, and here’s the Top Ten list of cosmetic procedures for 2011– both plastic surgery procedures like facelifts and liposuction, and non-invasive procedures like Botox injections, laser treatments, and other so-called non-surgical facelifts.
The top five surgical cosmetic surgery procedures in descending order were: liposuction (325,332 procedures); breast augmentation (316,848 procedures); abdominoplasty, or tummy tucks (149,000 procedures); eyelid surgery (147,540 procedures) and breast lift (127,054 procedures).
The top five minimally invasive aesthetic procedures of 2011 were: Botulinum Toxin Type A – that is, Botox and Dysport – injections (2,619,739 procedures); Hyaluronic acid treatments (1,206,186 procedures): laser hair removal (919,802 procedures); and IPL laser treatments (439,161 procedures).
Just like the list of the Top Ten box office hits, these results can tell us quite a bit about our shared values, changing attitudes toward cosmetic treatments, and much more. For example, the survey shows that demand for cosmetic procedures continues to grow – even as the list of the most popular procedures remains fairly constant. The results of this national survey are mirrored by the preferences we see in our clients here at the Peer Group in northern New Jersey. It’s important to note that this survey is based on the responses of plastic surgeons. Cosmetic procedures are available from a variety of providers, but we recommend seeking treatment only from a qualified cosmetic plastic surgeon. These procedures require skill and training that our experts possess. There’s more to be learned by looking behind these numbers of the Top Ten lists, and we’ll dig into them in a future blog. In the meantime, if you have questions about advanced procedures in cosmetic medicine, we invite you to contact our team of plastic surgeons at the Peer Group in Florham Park, New Jersey.
Friday, May 20th, 2011
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular and common cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed today. So it’s understandable that people become very concerned when news appears about possible complications from the breast implants used in breast augmentation surgery. Many women in northern New Jersey consider the Peer Group’s plastic surgeons as trusted experts when questions about cosmetic procedures and safety arise, and our switchboard lit up when the FDA recently announced finding a link between breast implants and a very rare form of lymphoma. So we want to reassure everyone about what the FDA said, and the association they found between breast implants and this condition.
The FDA reported a possible association between saline and silicone breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a very rare form of lymphoma. The condition the FDA observed was found in the scar tissue around the implant. What’s important to realize is that ALCL is not breast cancer, and that the FDA found this association in only 34 cases since 1989. During this same period, about 10 million surgical breast augmentation procedures with breast implants were performed. That makes it more likely that an individual who has a breast implant will be struck by lightning than by developing ACLC. Moreover, in the cases found, the ACLC resolved following the removal of the scar tissue and the implant. And the report found no link between breast implants and breast cancer. The FDA continues to support breast implants as a safe and approved for use in cosmetic breast augmentation. Meanwhile, the FDA and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons are now working together to study this association.
The fact is, breast implants are the most studied device in the history of medicine. If you have breast implants, continue your regimen of self-exams and screening, and rest assured this report finds no link between cancer and breast implants or breast augmentation plastic surgery.