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Summary: Plastic surgery is a field that is constantly innovating. It should come as no surprise, then, that breast augmentation—always a popular procedure—is changing with the times.

What Does Breast Augmentation in 2016 Look Like?

As one of the perennial favorites of plastic surgeons and plastic surgery patients alike, it’s not difficult to find time to talk about breast augmentation procedures. That said, it’s easy to dismiss (or simply to not think about) the impressive innovation happening in the field of breast augmentation. In other words, breast augmentation in 2016 is not the same as breast augmentation in 1990 or even in the year 2000. There are many advances that plastic surgeons have made in order to improve the results and the experience of breast augmentation patients. It would be safe to say that breast augmentation has never been easier or more effective.

Many of these innovations have to do with the way that surgery is performed: the placement of incisions, the way the implant is inserted, the healing process. Some of those innovations have to do with the implants themselves, what materials and how robust or natural looking those materials are. We’re going to take a look at some of the ways that breast augmentation is trending in 2016. Some of these innovations may surprise you, while others probably seem like natural trends continuing in the new year.

Fat Graft Breast Augmentation

Perhaps the most popular trending breast augmentation in 2016 is the fat graft breast augmentation procedure. This procedure has actually been trending for a number of years, but we’re talking about it now because this shows no signs of abating. What exactly is a fat graft breast augmentation procedure? The best way to describe it is that it takes fat from one area of your body (where it isn’t wanted) and places it in the breasts (where it is wanted). The result is an increase in the size of the breasts that looks and feels relatively natural.

This is accomplished through a liposuction procedure (in order to harvest the fat) and careful injections of the fat into the breast area. This can take dozens (if not more) injections. Many plastic surgeons have begun offering this procedure, and it’s becoming ever more popular—we think because of its certain “two birds with one stone” appeal. However, according to the website of the Minneapolis breast enhancement experts at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, the procedure is not without its problems. The main problem is that not all of the fat “takes” to its new home in the breasts, making predicting the exact final outcome somewhat problematic.

Less Invasive Procedures

Plastic surgeons are always in favor of less invasive procedures because they improve overall healing and reduce recovery time. Over time, surgeons have developed novel ways to make breast augmentation surgery less invasive. Some of them are the following:

  • Breast augmentation injections: The least invasive type of breast augmentation possible, this “non surgical breast augmentation” uses injections of saline to increase the size of the breast. The only downside is that the results last only twenty-four hours.
  • Transaxillary Incision: This is a way to insert a breast implant through an incision made the armpit. The incision can be painful (you use your armpit regularly, after all), but this procedure has the virtue of requiring only a small incision and hiding the scar in a place no one will ever look for it. The only downside of this procedure is that only smaller implants can be inserted this way.
  • Implant and Inflate: Another way to reduce the invasiveness of a breast augmentation procedure is to use a saline implant that is inflated after it is implanted. The flat implant would be implanted through a small incision and then injected with saline to increase the size. The only downside of this particular technique is that it is limited to saline implants, and most plastic surgeons now prefer silicone implants.

Talk to Your Surgeon About Breast Augmentation Innovations

Whether you’re looking for a fat graft breast implant or an old fashioned silicone implant, only your surgeon will be able to tell you with certainty which technique and procedure is most likely to yield optimal results for your body. Breast augmentation in 2016 is like breast augmentation in 2015 to a certain degree: it’s popular, people want it, and it all starts by talking to your plastic surgeon.

That said, we can be sure that the future will hold some stunning innovations for this procedure and for others like it. Plastic surgery is always finding a way to innovate, so that patients get even better results and faster recovery periods. Talk to your plastic surgeon about breast augmentation today.

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