In the world of plastic surgery, there are always cosmetic surgery procedures that trend throughout the year and some of these trends last for an extended period of time. In the past few years, some of the most popular cosmetic surgery trends have included Brazilian butt lift (BBL) and buccal fat removal. In addition, there are some plastic surgery choices that remain popular throughout every decade and an example of these procedures includes breast augmentation through the placement of breast implants. The decision to have breast implants has been popular for decades but there could be signs that this ongoing trend might be heading in a downward direction.
As shown in the 2020 edition of the Insights and Trends Report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of breast augmentation procedures performed in the United States has decreased in the past twenty years. This leads to the question:
If fewer patients are requesting breast implants, is there also a growing desire for breasts that are smaller and more natural in appearance?
The answer to that question is a firm “Maybe.”
The removal of breast implants is known as a breast explant surgery. The extent of the work that is performed depends on the size of the implants that are being removed, the condition of the tissue surrounding the breast implants, and the amount of time they have been in place in the body.
Here are some of the common reasons that a person might want to remove their breast implants by undergoing a breast explant surgery:
When it comes to the regulation of breast implants, they are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for both breast reconstruction and breast augmentation surgery. Even though many women do not experience any type of complications with their breast implants, as shown above, there are some health risks that can occur to the point that some women decide to have explant surgery.
The media coverage of illnesses and regulatory actions related to breast implants can also influence the decision-making process. For example, it was reported that the 2019 announcement by the FDA regarding a voluntary recall of specific breast implants was followed by an increase in online searches about that topic. There has also been an increase in the level of awareness of BIA-ALCL which is a potentially life-threatening, but rare, cancer that has a possibility of developing in the scar tissue that surrounds breast implants in the body.
While the information shared in this article can explain some of the reasons why patients are making the decision to have explant surgery, it is still too soon to tell if there is a growing trend towards a preference of a natural look to the breasts. However, there might be a decision to have a decrease in the size of the breast implants in the body due to the some of the information discussed earlier.
Whether a person wants to place breast implants in the body, or they want to undergo breast explant surgery, they need to schedule a consultation appointment with a board-certified surgeon who is experienced in both types of surgeries and is also able to properly diagnosis any health issues related to breast implants. The surgeon can also share the benefits and drawbacks of both large breast implants and smaller breast implants. No matter the type of breast implant surgery, the patient needs to know all about the pros and cons of the desired procedure so they can make an informed final decision about the surgery.