Summary: Breast augmentation is easily one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures on the market today. And because of that, non surgical breast augmentation procedures have become much more popular. But is non surgical breast augmentation worth it?
Sizing Up Non Surgical Breast Augmentation: Worth it?
As one of the most popular surgical procedures on the market, Breast Augmentation has name recognition like no other. The so-called “boob job” is instantly noticed when it’s talked about—and everyone knows what you’re discussing (the same cannot be said for blepharoplasty, as an example). It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that the field of cosmetic surgery is rapidly trying to give patients non surgical options for achieving the same results as a surgical breast augmentation. In other words: wouldn’t it be great if you could increase the size of your breasts without the need for surgery?
To be fair, there has been a bit of progress in this regard. There are now three basic options for breast augmentation. There’s a traditional, surgical option. There’s a sort-of-surgical option. And there’s a totally non-surgical option. However, they each have their unique strengths and drawbacks. Which procedure works best for you will largely depend on your desired final results and how much time you want those results to last. Other factors, such as the overall shape of your body, may contribute to your decision as well. But all of these procedures are so well marketed that it might be useful to discuss precisely what they entail.
The Truly Non Surgical Breast Augmentation
There is currently only one breast augmentation procedure that is truly non surgical. Known more commonly as the 24-hour Breast Augmentation, this procedure is one in which a cosmetic or plastic surgeon will inject the breast with directly with a saline solution. Saline is essentially salt-water, and the human body is, you guessed it, also mostly water. This means that the volume of the breast can be safely increased. However, because saline is so readily absorbed into the body, this means that the results do not last particularly long. As you can imply from the name of the procedure, the results generally last roughly 24 hours.
The benefits of a saline breast augmentation include the following:
- Nearly instant results
- Very low risk
- A great way to “test out” a potential permanent size
The drawbacks of a saline breast augmentation include the following:
- Short-lived results (only 24 hours)
- For such short-lived results, the procedure is still relatively expensive
- The results may not look or behave as naturally as you would prefer
Still, for patients looking for instant results as well as patients looking for a kind of “test-drive,” these 24-hour breast augmentation procedures just might be the ticket. Is non surgical breast augmentation worth it when it’s this type? That’s up to you.
Partially Non Surgical Breast Augmentation
Between the traditional, surgical breast augmentation and the saline breast augmentation is something called a fat graft breast augmentation. This procedure is designed to essentially take fat from one area of your body and place it in another. It’s great for patients who want liposuction and a breast augmentation. However, marketing it as a “non-surgical” procedure is somewhat flawed, as liposuction (a surgical procedure) is required to harvest the fat used in the first place. The fat is then purified and injected into the breasts in order to increase the size. The injection process can be quite complex and care must be taken to ensure that the results are those desired. According to the website of the breast enhancement experts at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, this means that fat graft breast augmentation procedures are not always as reliable as their surgical counterparts.
The benefits of fat graft breast augmentation include the following:
- You get to kill two birds with one stone: remove fat and increase breast size
- The end results look and feel remarkably natural
- You also get the benefits of a liposuction procedure
- There are no visible scars on the breast itself
The drawbacks of a fat graft breast augmentation procedure include the following:
- You still need to get surgery (liposuction)
- Some of the fat may not “take,” introducing a certain element of unreliability to your final results
- Fat graft breast augmentation may create false positives on cancer screenings (though biopsies will, of course, reveal benign material) if it is not done properly
In other words, there are quite a few variables when it comes to this particular “non-surgical” procedure.
Surgical Breast Augmentation
Of course, surgical breast augmentation has been around for decades. That doesn’t mean it’s the best fit for everyone. Yes, it’s reliable, and yes the results are by far the easiest to predict and the longest lasting, but there will always be some patients who are better served by non surgical breast augmentation procedures. At the end of the day, only you and your plastic surgeon will be able to best decide which one works for you and which one doesn’t.
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