Summary: For as long as we can remember, breast augmentation has been king of the hill, one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the United States (not to mention the rest of the world). But is that changing? Recent data might lead some to believe that breast augmentation is waning in popularity. I guess to know that, we’d have to establish overall breast augmentation popularity first. How many women get this procedure every year, and why?

Waning Breast Augmentation Popularity?

For ages, the breast augmentation procedure has been the trending plastic surgery. (Okay, maybe “ages” is an exaggeration—maybe it’s more like the past few years, but it certainly feels like it’s been a while.) In fact, breast augmentation’s position on the top of the plastic surgery heap has been unquestioned for a long time. The last few years have been changing that, however. Not only are fewer women opting for breast augmentations, but fewer women are sticking with those results. In fact, breast augmentation revision procedures have grown increasingly popular over the last few years.

What does this mean for breast augmentation? It’s a good question, because when you look at the numbers you realize two things: first, breast augmentation procedures are beginning to wane; second, they’re still immensely popular. There are hundreds of thousands of breast augmentation procedures performed in 2014 (approximately 280,000, down 1 percent from the previous year). That’s still among the most popular aesthetic plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States. So everyone who says that breast augmentations are on their way out—or that the breast implant is a dying trend—is quite wrong. The breast augmentation will likely remain quite popular for quite some time.

Changing Perceptions of Breast Enhancements

But there are some changing perceptions of the breast augmentation. In some articles, women have been quoted as saying that they no longer desire their larger-sized breasts. This isn’t entirely uncommon. After all, your body will change as you age, your weight may fluctuate, and your proportions could change. Additionally, your tastes may change. This is not necessarily a flaw in breast augmentation somehow—but a fact of life. This change can be a good thing, and breast augmentation revision surgery allows you to keep your body looking the way you want it to look.

Breast augmentation revision procedures basically work like this: if you feel like your currently augmented breast size no longer reflects you, the first step is a conversation with your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon will be able to tell you the best and most effective way to change that implant, and it will most likely require surgery. Patients of a breast augmentation revision procedure have two options: they can have the implant removed completely or they can have the implant replaced with a smaller substitute. In some cases, a breast lift or breast reduction may be performed concurrently with the breast augmentation revision surgery in order to get the desired looks.

Breast Procedures Changing

So why are tastes in breast procedures changing? Why is breast augmentation suddenly less popular? I suspect it has something to do with the availability of other breast procedures. For example, breast lift procedures have become significantly more popular over the past few years. It’s distinctly possible that many of the women who were considering breast augmentation as a way to look more youthful have instead turned to breast lifts. If that’s the case, then it simply means that there are many more ways to get the look you’re after than there used to be.

This isn’t a bad thing. In fact, just the opposite. The breasts are still seen, largely, as a symbol of femininity, youthfulness, attractiveness, and so on. That women have significantly greater ways of achieving not just larger breasts—but better breasts—is a great thing. If a woman wants a breast lift, that procedure is now available. If a woman wants a breast reduction, that’s also available. In other words, women now have more control over the size and shape of their breasts than at any point in the history of plastic surgery, and that certainly helps explain the reorientation of procedure preferences.

Be Happy With Your Breasts

So if you are unhappy with your breasts—whether they’re natural or artificially augmented—there are procedures available to help you feel more comfortable in your own body. If you want to remove or replace your breast implant, you can consider breast augmentation revision surgery. According to the website of the New Jersey breast procedure experts at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery, these procedures can help many feel great by the time all is said and done. But if you want to alter your breasts in other ways—make them smaller or perkier—there are procedures for that as well.

So contact your plastic surgeon today and get started on the process. After all, it’s near impossible to change the size or shape of your breasts through exercise—plastic surgery can help you feel comfortable, confident, and youthful.

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