Cosmetic surgery is constantly evolving with new techniques and technologies continually being introduced to boost both procedure and performance. Breast surgery has long been one of the most popular choices in a cosmetic surgeon’s repertoire, and so here is a look at some of the newest and emerging trends in the field.
The Wide-Awake Procedure
It is now possible to undergo breast enlargement surgery without the need for a general anaesthetic. In this sort of procedure, a cannula is used to inject a local anaesthetic using a small incision just below the breast. Once the area has numbed, implants are inserted.
The procedure, however, does have several major limitations. It is only really suitable for people with smaller-sized breasts who just want a small enhancement, and is not a choice for the squeamish patient.
It is not currently a hugely popular choice with surgeons, either. A more popular alternative amongst many professionals is surgery undergone with the aid of sedation, where the patient is conscious but drowsy and not under any unnecessary stress.
Rumours are rife that new lightweight breast implants are about to hit the market. These could have an effect on everything from the lifespan of implants to the risk of complications.
There has been no announcement when exactly these will arrive, however, and so both patients and professionals are awaiting news with interest.
A so-called ‘icing on the cake’ approach is a new idea that involves harvesting a small amount of fat from the stomach or thighs. This fat is then layered between natural breast tissue and an implant for a smoothing effect, similar to the way icing is used to even out the surface of a cake.
This technique can be used to prevent a problem faced by some very slim women, who do not have much natural fat to cover an implant. This lack of fat can mean that an implant’s outline can be seen on the outside after surgery.
This is an alternative means of boosting breast size instead of using implants. The downside of this procedure is that patients must have the fat to graft and it can require more than one operation in order to achieve the required result. The positive is that, once grafted successfully, the fat will be there forever.
The new trend in America is to reinforce breast lifts using a kind of anti-sag scaffolding mesh. The body absorbs the mesh over time, leaving behind just the strong tissue which has formed around it.
Trials claim that this can decrease drooping after surgery by half but some patients will be squeamish about the absorption of the mesh.
This is a minimally-invasive procedure that can be used to slim stomachs and thighs but is now also being used by a few surgeons as an alternative to traditional breast reduction procedures.
The reduction is carried out under local anaesthetic, with the fat being separated and sucked out using a cannula.