The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently released its plastic surgery statistics for 2009 and, once again, breast augmentation was the most popular surgical procedure. Despite the poor economy, almost 300,000 women chose to undergo breast augmentation in the U.S. last year. I have observed the sustained popularity of breast augmentation (enlargement) at my Long Island practice, and I can share with you some of the reasons why women continue to choose this procedure:
- Enhanced self confidence – Many of my patients report that this procedure is just the “boost” they need to be totally happy with their appearance, many commenting that they feel an increased sense of femininity or sensuality with larger breasts.
- Improved proportions – I see a lot of patients who feel that fuller breasts will balance out their figure. Many patients have told me that they like their lower body curves, but feel that a more voluptuous upper body gives them the hourglass figure that they desire.
- Relative safety – Breast augmentation is safer than ever before. Also, when the procedure is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, recovery is relatively brief and involves limited, easily-controlled discomfort. New breast implant technology allows for even better results and gives the patient more options for the look and feel of their breasts.
In general, breast augmentation is viewed as a proven procedure that gets very satisfying results, and I think it will continue to be popular indefinitely.