Modern Breast Implant Surgery Turns 50!

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), over 300,000 breast augmentation surgeries were performed in 2011, making it the number-one cosmetic surgery in the United States.  Not one of these procedures would have been possible, however, without the work of two pioneering doctors exactly 50 years ago.  BBC is reporting on Drs. Thomas Cronin and Frank Gerow, the surgeons behind the world’s first silicone breast implant surgery.

The patient was Timmie Jean Lindsey, and according to the BBC, “Lindsey had been to hospital to get a tattoo removed from her breasts, and it was then that doctors asked if she would consider volunteering for this first-of-its-kind operation.”  The rest, as they say, is history.  With modern-day advances and an ever-growing demand for this procedure, we certainly wouldn’t be surprised if Breast Augmentation sticks around for another 50 years!

Top Breast Surgeries in US

We already know that breast augmentation ranks in as the number-one breast surgery in the US.  So, which other procedures made the list?  Here are a few of the top breast procedures women are turning to each and every day in this country:

  • Breast reduction: Breast  Reduction Surgery aims to reduce the size of large, disproportionate breasts by removing excess fat, tissue and skin.  For many patients, the result is a more desirable appearance and relief from physical symptoms such as back pain.
  • Breast lift: According to the ASPS, there were over 90,000 breast lifts performed in 2011.  Breast Lift Surgery—also known as mastopexy—is a procedure aimed at correcting the appearance of breasts that have sagged or drooped.

Breast Consultation on Long Island

To speak with a Long Island Plastic Surgeon about your breast concerns, we encourage you to contact us today.  Our Huntington Station plastic surgery offices can be reached at (631) 424-6707.   Achieve your cosmetic potential – schedule a consultation today!

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