How Many People Get Implants?
Breast augmentation is the most popular of all cosmetic procedures right now in the United States. About 307,000 of the surgeries were completed in 2011, a 45% increase just since 2000.
Who Gets Implants
When we think of breast implants we mainly think of women who think their breasts are too small who get them to have bigger breasts and while that makes up the majority of the people who get breast implants, they aren't the only ones. There are also people who are correcting congenital deformities or who are reconstructing lost breast tissue after mastectomy due to breast cancer. The last category is transsexual males who are transitioning to female.
History of Breast Implants
The modern type silicone breast implant was first surgically inserted into a woman in 1961 and the first saline implant was implemented in 1964. Long before these however, people had tried many crazy things to try to artificially increase the size of breasts. These things ranged from paraffin wax, to ivory, to polyester, to ox cartilage -- all with disastrous results.
Types of Implants
There are only two types of breast implants that are legal to purchase and have surgically implanted in the United States currently. They are either silicone or saline gel. There are other types of experimental materials that are used in some other countries but they are not usually deemed safe.
It is required that a patient is at least 18 years of age to receive saline breast implants and 22 years of age to get silicone implants due to the increased risk of dangers with the silicone.
Sizes of Implants
Most women opt for breast implants of about 125cc to 1200cc of fluid per implant, ranging from B to DD or so, but varying greatly per person. The woman with the largest breast implants however is Chelsea Charms who got implants so big that she now wears a size 164XXX bra and each breast weighs nearly 30 pounds.
Besides different sizes, breast implants actually come in different shapes in order to allow the patient to choose a more natural look. In addition to the traditional round implant, there is also a more natural teardrop or contoured shape available. Then, you also get to choose how far out the breast implant protrudes from the chest wall.
Cost of Implants
Breast implant surgery costs about $5,000 to $10,000 and is not usually covered by insurance unless it is due to reconstruction as part of recovery from breast cancer.
There is a very real risk that an implant will rupture at some point in time after it is implanted. The FDA has stated that within 10 years most women have experienced the rupture of at least one of their implants, requiring surgical repair.