Summary: While breast augmentation is undoubtedly still the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure performed, breast lifts have been increasing in popularity at twice the rate of its procedural cousin. That said, both procedures as so popular as to remain a staple of plastic surgery for some time to come.

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King of the Hill

Breast augmentation is the king of the hill. More of this type of plastic surgery is performed than any other type in the United States. But when one looks at the statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, an interesting little tidbit sticks out: breast lifts are growing at twice the rate of breast augmentations.

Comparing the Two

What’s the difference? Well, a breast augmentation usually involves an implant. Most often silicone, the implants increase the size of the breast, and it’s especially popular among younger women. A breast lift, on the other hand, does not necessarily involve an implant. Rather, breast lifts return the perkiness to the breast that is often robbed from it by gravity.

Different Audiences

Breast lifts have become hugely popular. According to the same statistics, breast lifts have grown since the year 2000 by 70%. The reasons for this staggering increase are varying, but surely the safety and effectiveness of breast lift procedures is one of those reasons. Maybe one of the other reasons is that breast lifts tend to target older women, or women who have gone through childbirth.

To add to this rapid growth of breast lifts, is another breast surgery: breast reconstruction. Dr. John McFate, who performs breast procedures in Austin, TX, specializes in these operations, and see it as a way to give women a higher quality of life—to give them the body they’ve always wanted.

Continued Popularity

Of course, breast augmentation is still enormously popular, and will continue to be for some time. In fact, all breast procedures remain incredibly popular. What’s more is that the women who undergo these procedures report increased quality of life afterwards. In other words, we can expect two things based on this data.

The first is that breast lifts will become more and more popular, especially as technology improves to make the procedures less invasive, and as positive word continues to spread about the procedure. The second thing we can expect is that women will continue to feel good about their bodies after the procedures.

That is, after all, what it’s all about.

If you’re thinking about a breast augmentation or a breast lift, contact your plastic surgeon today.