4 Trends in Breast Augmentation in 2016
Breast augmentation continues to be one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures for women, and seems to only be gaining momentum as new trends and surgical techniques make the procedure more accessible and desirable for many women. In fact, 31 percent more breast augmentation procedures were performed in 2015 than in 2000, reflecting just how common breast implants have become in the last decade alone. (American Society of Plastic Surgeons)
Of course, trends in breast augmentation have fluctuated since the procedure became much more mainstream, and we’ve already seen some major changes in the way women are viewing their breast augmentations in 2016. Here are the top 4 trends we’ve already noticed:
1. Trending Towards More Subtle, Natural-Looking Results
Rather than seeking that “larger-than-life” look that characterized the breast implants of over a decade ago, an increasing number of women are choosing smaller, subtler implants. This may, in part, be due to the way society as a whole may now be viewing breast augmentation. The procedure is no longer thought of as something to which only celebrities have access. Instead, it has become accepted as a mere tool that all sorts of women can use to boost their self-confidence and form a positive body image. (American Society of Plastic Surgeons)
2. A Desire for More Aesthetic Side Profiles
Not only are women trending toward reducing the size of the implants they’re choosing, but more and more women are now placing an emphasis on the side profile of their breasts, rather than simply focusing on the size. Countless fashion trends of 2015 and 2016 have showcased very popular modern cut-out styles of clothing, which may be contributing to this new trend in breast augmentation.
3. Natural, “Everyday” Cleavage
While there’s certainly a push towards subtler, natural-looking implants, many women still want an added boost to create effortless, “everyday” cleavage for any occasion. More women are seeking breast implants that rest atop the breadth of the rib cage that can create this natural-looking cleavage without appearing too dramatic. For this reason, many women also choose to combine a breast lift with their augmentation, to create a naturally lifted appearance that can offer a subtle increase of cleavage. (American Society of Plastic Surgeons)
4. U-Shapes Are In, O-Shapes Are Out
The shape of a breast implant can greatly impact the final results of a breast augmentation, and in recent years, women are leaning towards the more natural-looking U-shaped implant over the more dramatic O-shape. A U-shaped implant much more closely mimics the natural shape of a woman’s breasts, as opposed to the O-shape that can sometimes scream “implant!” Because most women desire a more discreet and balanced look, while still achieving a firm, rounded, and youthful look, U-shaped implants are becoming much more popular.
Why Choose Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology for Your Breast Augmentation?
Once you’ve made the decision to get a breast augmentation, the next step is choosing the right plastic surgeon with whom to work. This is one of the most important steps in the process, as a skilled, experienced plastic surgeon can not only help you achieve the natural-looking results you desire, but can also help you to choose the right size, type, and shape of implants that will work best for your unique body type.
At Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology in Pittsburgh, our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Heil is very experienced and skilled with breast augmentation procedures. With knowledge and sensitivity, he gladly works with each individual to create a custom-tailored surgical plan designed to meet each woman’s unique needs and goals for her final results. Dr. Heil strives to remain an innovative leader in his field, with best possible patient outcome as the highest priority. View the before and after photo gallery to see some examples of real results that Dr. Heil has helped Pittsburgh women achieve.
Dr. Heil insists on high personal standards of excellence, and is constantly expanding his knowledge as he evaluates new developments in surgery. Through membership in multiple professional organizations, he continues to learn from others and shares his acquired knowledge: American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, the Robert H. Ivy Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Pittsburgh Society of Plastic Surgeons.
If you’d like more information about your breast augmentation options, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Heil, please contact Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology at 724-264-3608 to take the first step towards loving and embracing your curves.
The Bottom Line
Many women seek breast augmentation procedures to enhance the natural shape and contours of their body, while still maintaining a natural, subtle appearance. Whether they’ve experienced a pregnancy, weight loss, or have simply always been self-conscious of the size, shape, or asymmetry of their breasts, more and more women are finding that breast implants can be a useful tool in improving their self-esteem and quality of life.
The trends we’re seeing in 2016 that focus on very natural-looking and feeling breast implants are certainly reflective of the changing ways in which women now view breast augmentation. Rather than a procedure fit only for celebrities, many women have found that their breast augmentation has been able to offer a subtle boost in volume or shape, which, in turn, can significantly boost their body image.