Each year, hundreds of thousands of U.S. women decide to increase their breast size. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2010, the latest figures available, breast augmentation was the most preformed cosmetic surgical procedure, up two percent from the previous year. It’s little surprise breast augmentation holds the top spot. It’s held the title since 2006.
What may be more surprising is the procedure previously sought after by affluent white women is gaining wide acceptance among Hispanic, African American and Asian women with dramatic increases among those racial groups. Last year, Americans spent a whopping $10.1 billion on cosmetic procedures, up 1.2 percent from 2009.
The reasons women choose to pursue breast augmentation is as individualized as the women who do it. However, a 2003 survey of 5,000 women conducted by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery shows the top reasons are:
- 91 percent wanted to look better without clothes
- 84 percent wanted to look better in clothes
- 84 percent wanted to have larger breasts
- 81 percent wanted to feel better about themselves
- 79 percent wanted to feel more confident
- 74 percent wanted to feel less self-conscious
If you have been thinking about breast augmentation surgery, you probably have a lot of questions. After all, it is a big decision with benefits and risks. We sat down with Dr. Lawrence W. Shaw, a double board certified plastic surgeon and founder of The SHAW Center in Scottsdale, Ariz., to talk about some of the most asked questions women have about breast implant surgery.
EmpowHer:What is breast augmentation surgery and does it have limitations?
Dr. Shaw: Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical enhancement procedure to accentuate the size and fullness of a woman's breasts. While breast augmentation will make the breasts larger, the surgery alone will not lift sagging breasts. A procedure, called mastopexy, is required in combination with breast implants to lift breast.