Breast augmentation has regained its place as the most performed surgical procedure in the United States. The frontrunner last year, liposuction, lost its top spot because of a rise in competition from cutting edge noninvasive body sculpting procedures.
This is according to the new 2012 National Totals for Cosmetic Procedures, released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
In addition to the ASAPS statistics, new data released by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) shows the US helped breast augmentation reach second place on the most performed surgical procedures around the world.
Are Americans Uniquely Obsessed With Breasts?
According to the ISAPS statistics, Americans are not the only people in the world that have a desire for shapely chests. While breast augmentations rank number two in the world, other breast surgeries are included in the world-wide top ten surgical procedures performed.
Breast lifts and breast reductions came in at sixth and seventh place. Female breast surgeries are not alone on the list. Male breast reduction, or gynecomastia correction, ranks number nine in the world-wide procedures list.
According to the ASAPS numbers, there were just under 370,000 breast augmentations performed in the US in 2012. This is nearly a 17 percent increase over the number of augmentation procedures done in 2011.
Why the Rise In Popularity For Breast Augmentations?
Since 2006, when the FDA allowed the reintroduction silicone implants back into the marketplace, silicone implants have gone through a number of technological advancements. Specifically, anatomically shaped and highly cohesive silicone gel breast implants have been the most recently approved advances in implant technology.
Other technologies like the Vectra 3D Imaging devices have allowed surgeons and their patients to preview the potential outcomes of a breast augmentation during the pre-operative consultation.
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