October 29, 2014
If you could have bigger breasts for only one night — without the help of a push-up bra or a pair of chicken cutlets — would you consider it?
Some plastic surgeons are offering temporary breast enhancement, which involves injecting saline into the breasts to add fullness and shape, according to a recent article in The New York Times.
The saline injections instantly expand the bustline for bigger cleavage, yet the effects only last about 24 hours before the body absorbs the saline. This technique has gained a following amongst women who want to enhance their breasts in anticipation of a big event or special occasion, like a wedding or a vacation. Other women use the technique as a way to preview the results of breast augmentation.
The idea of temporary breast enhancement is certainly convenient; it takes place during a brief, in-office procedure, and doesn’t require any follow-up. However, is it safe?
Reactions are mixed. When asked by the NYT for comment, the president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Michael C. Edwards, called temporary breast enhancement “a party trick.”
Temporary breast enhancement isn’t necessarily dangerous, but any type of injection carries some degree of risk, including infection, nerve damage and blood pooling under the skin. Some plastic surgeons have also pointed out that the injections could cause harm to the milk ducts.
In a cosmetic sense, the injections could cause the breast skin to stretch, which later changes the shape or natural support in the breast. “You’re altering the architecture of the breast. I would be concerned that you would be taking away some intrinsic support in the breast,” Dr. Edwards said.
Perhaps the biggest concern is that temporary breast enhancement is often performed by people without the right credentials. There are stories in the news practically every week about a patient suffering at the hands of a plastic surgeon imposter who used dangerous materials.
Temporary breast enhancement is currently under review by the FDA, which will decide whether it’s a safe practice.
A Better Way to Enhance the Breasts
Traditional breast augmentation remains very popular; in fact, more than 313,000 women had breast implants placed in 2013. Breast implants are designed as long-term devices, and only need to be replaced if a complication arises, or the patient decides she no longer likes the appearance. Dr. John Bull, one of Chicago’s most respected breast augmentation surgeons, offers saline and silicone implants to improve the size, shape and fullness of the breasts.
Although we are not currently offering temporary breast enhancement, we would like to know whether you would consider the procedure! Comment below and share your thoughts. And, to learn more about breast augmentation, please contact our practice and schedule an informational consultation. Call us at (630) 717-6000 or send an email.
October 15, 2014
A recent study revealed a surprising therapeutic benefit to abdominoplasty surgery — relief from stress urinary incontinence.
According to the findings of a study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, the journal of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the majority of patients who pre-operatively reported incontinence noted an improvement in their symptoms after surgery. The study involved 250 females who had cosmetic abdominoplasty.
The women were asked to take a survey prior to surgery. One hundred women completed the survey, with 50 of them reporting problems with incontinence (i.e., unintentional loss of urine during a physical activity such as coughing, laughing, sneezing or exercise). Of that group, 30 women (60 percent) said their incontinence symptoms improved. The other 40 percent reported no change in symptoms. Lack of previous C-section surgery was a predictor of the improvement in incontinence symptoms after tummy tuck.
According to study author Dr. James D. McMahan, the catalyst for the study occurred when a tummy tuck patient casually mentioned during a follow-up visit that she no longer had urine leakage while laughing or coughing.
Dr. McMahan isn’t exactly sure why the surgery cures incontinence. It could occur because during surgery, the surgeon pulls up the abdominal skin and “may get enough of a pull on the urethra to reduce hypermobility and incontinence,” he said.
Further research will help in achieving a clearer understanding of who can expect this benefit after tummy tuck.
Cosmetic Benefits of Tummy Tuck
In addition to possibly curing incontinence issues, tummy tuck produces a flat and firm abdominal contour by removing excess skin and fat. The procedure also repairs abdominal muscles that have weakened or separated because of pregnancy or excessive weight gain. Traditional tummy tuck treats the entire abdomen, and “mini” tummy tuck focuses on the area beneath the belly button.
Tummy tuck is often part of a woman’s “mommy makeover,” a combination of procedures designed to reverse the physical effects of pregnancy and nursing.
Learn More about Tummy Tuck
If you would like more information about the benefits of tummy tuck surgery, please schedule an informational consultation with Chicago plastic surgeon John Bull. Call (630) 717-6000 or send us an email.