5 Big Advances in Breast Augmentation History

5 Big Advances in Breast Augmentation History

Curious about breast augmentation? Skilled cosmetic surgeon Dr. Joseph Castellano of Tampa, Florida explains 5 key advances in breast enhancement.

Breast augmentation continues to be one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the country, and for good reason. Whether you’re looking for a boost of volume, improved symmetry or a combination of both, breast implants can offer the natural-looking results you want. And thanks to constant advancements in breast augmentation techniques, those smooth, effortless results continue to advance as well, allowing you to completely customize your implants to match your unique needs.

1. Shaped Implants

Often called “teardrop,” “anatomical” or “gummy bear” implants, shaped implants differ from their traditional round counterparts due to their more natural-looking shape. The silicone gel inside of this implant type is thicker than that of traditional silicone implants, which allows shaped implants to hold their form much better. Shaped implants can offer an increase in volume while still maintaining the shape and contours of your natural breasts.

You can think of shaped implants as being the form of a teardrop, with the consistency and feel of gummy bear candy, hence their nicknames.

Gummy bear implants have become particularly popular for use in breast reconstruction, or for cosmetic breast augmentation in women with very little natural breast tissue.

2. Fill Volume

The fill volume, or “ccs,” which stands for cubic centimeters, has also changed with new breast implants. The right fill volume can help to protect the outer shell of your implants, which can, in turn, help you enjoy long-lasting breast implant results. This also helps to prevent the rippling or waved effect that can sometimes occur with traditional saline implants.

It's helpful to think about breast augmentation in terms of volume instead of cup size. Bra measurements aren't consistent across different manufacturers, while volume remains consistent. Your cosmetic surgeon can work with you to help you understand the relationship between implant volume and how your final results will look.

3. More Incision Options

Many women don’t realize that there are a number of different options available for the type of incision used for their breast augmentation. Depending on your specific goals, you can typically choose from three common incision types:

  • Inframammary incisions are placed in the crease underneath each of your breasts, which allows your cosmetic surgeon to easily access the breast pocket. This incision type also helps to easily hide any scarring with a bikini top.
  • Periariolar incisions are made in a semi-circle around your nipples, which can offer even better camouflaged scarring, although these incisions aren’t typically the best option for women who want to breastfeed after their breast augmentation.
  • Transaxillary incisions are placed in your underarm area, which creates virtually no visible scarring, but can require more complex surgical techniques.

Some surgeons also offer TUBA breast augmentation, which stands for trans-umbilical breast augmentation. This is a method of breast augmentation in which the implants are placed via a tiny incision hidden in the belly button. TUBA breast augmentation can only be used with saline implants. Not all surgeons perform this method of implant placement, as access to the breast pocket is so limited that achieving the necessary level of precision can be challenging.

4. Three Distinct Placement Options

More and more women are beginning to make health and wellness a priority in their lives, which can also shape their breast implant decisions. Both subglandular and submuscular implant placements are now popular options, and many athletic women often choose subglandular breast implants because of their unique benefits.

Placed beneath your breast gland but in front of your chest muscle, subglandular implants will not interfere with your muscle, making them great options if you’re worried about your breast enhancement hindering your athletic ability. Submuscular implants, on the other hand, are placed under your breast gland and chest muscle, which typically create very natural-looking and feeling results.

The third placement option for breast implants is called dual plane placement. Dual plane breast augmentation is when the implant is placed partially below the muscle. This technique is typically only used for women who have slightly droopy breasts, but not enough sagging to need a breast lift. Dual plane placement lets the breast implant better fill out this particular breast shape.

5. A Trend Toward Modest, Natural-Looking Implants

Advancements in breast enhancement techniques and improved implant options may have also given way to the latest trends in breast augmentation. More women are now looking for more modestly sized, natural-looking implants with a subtle increase in size. A skilled cosmetic surgeon can achieve this look by utilizing a combination of the right implant type, size and placement for your natural body shape and proportions.

While there will always be women who are interested in the high, round "Baywatch boobs" look, today's women want results that are flattering, not obviously fake. Remember, if natural-looking breast augmentation is your personal goal, your choice of surgeon is critical in enjoying the best possible results.

Guest post by - Dr. Joseph Castellano

Castellano Cosmetic Surgery Center

Address: 105 S MacDill Ave #203, Tampa, FL 33609, USA

Phone: +1 813-872-6093