Dr. Jennifer Hein of the Women’s Institute of Cosmetic & Laser Surgery reports that breast augmentation is a highly popular cosmetic procedure requested by today’s patients. In fact, according to an article published by The Huffington Post, it was the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery during the year 2012. The nature of breast augmentation has changed drastically over the last few decades, and Dr. Hein is excited to see how scientific and technological innovations will continue to evolve this popular procedure—and the way in which it benefits the women who opt to undergo it.
According to the previously cited article, over 330,000 breast augmentations were performed in 2012. Of these, 72 percent were conducted using silicone gel implants and 28 percent were saline-filled implants. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had once put a moratorium on silicone implants, but the number of women opting for these implants (which reportedly feel more natural) has surged since the restrictions on their use were reversed in 2006. As such, many surgeons offer this option to women on a daily basis.
After recapping breast augmentation trends of 2012, the article looks ahead to the changes that the author expects in upcoming years pertaining to this form of surgery. Regarding 2013, the so-called Gummy Bear Implant is anticipated to be highly popular. Approved just last month by the FDA, the officially titled Allergan 410 implant is anticipated to be a success because of its form, which is described in the article as having a “firm composition.”
Jumping forward to 2014, the article speculates that the Ideal Implant may be available: “A fascinating implant currently in the FDA approval process is the Ideal Implant. Devised by a plastic surgeon, this saline implant contains internal chambers that allow the salt water inside to flow more evenly with movement. This appears to lessen the wrinkling and rippling that is the major complaint with the current saline implants. Experts claim the Ideal Implant looks and feels like a silicone implant, even though it’s filled with saline.”
Looking forward even farther, perhaps a decade, and the article asserts that, “The future of breast enhancement is two words: Stem Cells.” Because stem cells can be used to grow a wide range of tissue, it is thought that inserting these cells into women after they undergo a mastectomy may allow them to re-grow the breasts that they have lost to cancer. Taking this idea one step further, the author of the article reasons: “And if we can grow a new breast, then I imagine that it would be even easier to use stem cells to enhance and augment a breast that’s already present.”
While this kind of technological innovation is certainly not unrealistic, given the leaps and strides that today’s medical professionals are making, Dr. Hein of the Women’s Institute of Cosmetic & Laser Surgery warns women not to be too quick to jump onboard with a new trend or fad.
“It’s imperative that patients make decisions regarding cosmetic surgery based upon scientific studies—not upon the hype that is generated by the latest fad,” asserts Dr. Hein. “The Allergan 410, cohesive gel, “Gummy Bear Implant”, now FDA approved, is an example of a wonderful medical resource backed by science and years of use in Europe and other countries; It is crucial that patients and healthcare professionals make sure that other new innovations are backed by scientific studies before using them. The biggest issue that I see arising from future implant innovations is the fact that there may not be enough long-term data to support them. It’s essential that long-term results and effects are taken into consideration when patients are making informed decisions regarding their health.”
Dr. Hein looks forward to reading the reports generated regarding future designs of implants and to studying the findings of the research conducted about new options when they are available. She encourages other healthcare professionals to do the same in an effort to provide patients with the most comprehensive and up to date information possible regarding their implant options associated with breast augmentation. Dr. Hein looks forward to the continually ground-breaking innovations that medical researchers achieve.
The Women’s Institute of Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, founded by Dr. Jennifer Hein, is a medical center that provides a wide range of minimally invasive and surgical procedures to female patients who are interested in improving their appearance and boosting their quality of life. Through the leadership of Dr. Hein, the professional team at the Institute is dedicated to providing patients with the information they need to make informed decisions regarding the cosmetic procedures they choose to undergo. Some of the treatment options that are provided by the medical professionals at the Institute include: breast augmentation, microdermabrasion, rhinoplasty, chemical peels, vein and hair reduction, body contouring, acne treatment, Botox, abdominoplasty, liposuction, mommy makeover, tummy tuck and microdermabrasion, among a host of others.