Breast augmentation is currently the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure and has held this title since 2006. In 2011, over 300,000 breast procedures were performed in the U.S. alone. Women of all ages choose to get breast implants for a variety of reasons, including medical needs and to improve their physical appearance and self-confidence. Getting breast implants can be a monumental experience in a person’s life, and this year the procedure itself is celebrating a milestone. The first silicone breast implants were used 50 years ago this year. In 1962, a Texas factory worker made history by getting the first set of silicone breast implants; she is now 80 years old.

Today, there are two types of breast implants available – silicone and saline. Saline implants are filled with sterile saline solution, usually at the time of surgery. Some people complain that saline implants feel unnatural, but improved surgical techniques such as placing the implant behind the chest muscle has helped diminish these concerns. Silicone implants are pre-filled with silicone gel, which is a thick, viscous fluid that’s very similar to the consistency of human fat.

Surgical techniques for breast implants are continuously being refined, increasing the safety and reliability of the procedure. According to the current research, there aren’t significant differences in the safety of either type of implant and they are both deemed safe and effective by the FDA. Dr. Pittman has been using FDA approved implants for the past 20 years and feels confident with the safety of each option.

It’s important to have a licensed, board certified plastic surgeon help you decide which type and size of breast implant is best for your needs. Certain factors, like your body type or the current size of your breasts, might make one type of implant better for you. Dr. Pittman spends a lot time meeting with each of his patients. During your consultation he will evaluate your unique body size and shape and thoroughly discusses the best choice for your needs. In general, the more experience your plastic surgeon has the better. Dr. Pittman is a board-certified plastic surgeon with two decades of breast augmentation experience and will be happy to help you determine if breast implants are right for your individual’s needs. You can also connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google + for the latest plastic surgery news and Athens cosmetic treatment specials.