Breast implants in the 1980s and 1990s had a "bigger is better" ethos. During the last few decades in popular culture, it was often obvious when an actress or model had work done to their chest area. People who were interested in a more natural look from breast implants sought out for reconstruction after a mastectomy, repair after childbearing, for gender transition, or because they simply wanted to go up a cup size, were stuck with saline implants that were placed on top of the pectoral implants. This option often resulted in an unnatural look, and unfortunately, the implants would leak and harden. This leads to health concerns as well as aesthetic ones.
Luckily, this is not the case now. Consider the history of breast augmentation and learn more about your current options.
Breast Implants Continue To Improve Over Time
Silicone is approved after being banned for 14 years from 1992–2006, after many years of clinical that determined that they were safe, the FDA approved the use of silicone-filled breast implants once more. Fat grafting is approved in 2009, a 20-year ban on fat grafting was also removed. It is determined to be safe for enhancing the shape of the breast, but the technique did not take off until a decade later.
Modern Breast Implants
In 2020, breast implants are more natural-looking than ever. Patients can opt for smaller implants that sit underneath the pectoral muscle, resulting in a much more subtle look. Several new techniques also help create an organic-looking breast shape.
Fat Transfers/Fat Grafting
Fat transfers or fat grafting is quickly becoming one of the most promising techniques for breast enhancement. This technique utilizes fat that had been liposuctioned from the patient's own body. This can be packaged as a two-for-one deal, as many patients would rather have curves from one part of their body go towards other parts instead. This is a developing area of technology that is becoming more popular.
"Gummy Bear" Implants
Gummy bear implants are teardrop-shaped, silicone implants that mimic the shape of the natural breast. These implants can hang down and give the illusion of naturally occurring breast volume. When placed under the pectoral muscle, the effect is a fuller bustline that looks like the patient may just have been blessed genetically, rather than having cosmetic help.
Modern advances in breast implant techniques make having natural-looking breasts attainable. There is no better time to invest in having breasts that look like they always been there.