Up until the disruption of COVID, breast augmentation was perennially one of the top two cosmetic surgeries in the United States. In 2018, over 310,000 American women opted to augment their breasts. A dip occurred in 2019 to 287,085 augmentation surgeries. Then came COVID and everything became a little haywire.
Still, satisfaction rates are satisfaction rates, regardless of the year. Every year after women have breast augmentation, research is conducted to ascertain their satisfaction with the procedure. If you’re considering changing your figure in 2022 with augmentation, here are some statistics that may interest you.
Five reasons why breast augmentation is so popular
- Extremely high satisfaction rates
Women who have had breast augmentation are routinely surveyed in the months and years afterwards. They report incredibly high rates of satisfaction. A survey from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that 98 percent of women felt their augmentation either met or exceeded their expectations. Over 90 percent of the women also said they felt the procedure increased their self-esteem.
- Easy recovery
Breast augmentation surgery does not involve a difficult recovery. Most women can return to work after just a few days of recovery. The pain is not acute and is often related to being similar to the feeling after a rigorous upper body workout.
- Implants are proven to be safe
Before any implants were initially approved the FDA studied them extensively. Later, in the 80s, when there was some concern about silicone and safety, the FDA conducted another, even more rigorous, study and found no link between health issues and silicone breast implants. Plus, modern silicone gel is now very cohesive, meaning it usually adheres to itself and doesn’t leak out into the breast pocket if the implant ruptures.
Implant durability is continuing to improve. Although most implants will need to be replaced at least once in a patient’s life, there is no specific timeline. Manufacturers guarantee their implants for at least 10 years, and many patients have implants that can last double that time. Plus, replacing implants is not difficult as our Miami Plastic Surgery® surgeons can simply enter through the same original incisions to remove the old implants and place the new ones.
- Variety of options
There are a variety of implants available from the three different U.S. manufacturers providing FDA-approved breast implants. These vary by the size, the shape, and the projection. This allows patients to choose an option that fits their goals, rather than adapting to a one-size-fits-all approach.