Boob jobs, breast-feeding and the growth of penile implants


New research confirms that mums-to-be who have undergone breast augmentation are ok to breastfeed.

The study assessed the feeding outcomes of 6,000 women who had either saline or silicone gel breast implants and compared results with data from those women who hadn’t had boob jobs.

And, whatever type of incision, they were able to breastfeed normally, without risk, with the same applying to women who had breastfed before having breast augmentation surgery and were now feeding a second child.

This supports another study that concluded that there is no evidence to suggest any type of implant can affect breastfeeding.

Dr Mark Jewell, who specialises in cosmetic breast enhancement as well as body contouring and facial rejuvenation, conducted the study.

Plastic surgeon Lokesh Kumar, director and head of BLK Centre for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, suggested that natural breast augmentation, which involves increasing breast size by transferring fat, is ideal for young mothers because it is less stressful and heals faster as it doesn’t involved placing a foreign body.

The news comes as it was revealed the cosmetic implant industry looks set to boom, thanks to high tech advances in the world of plastic surgery and a rise in the number of us seeking all forms of implants to enhance our bodies.

The rise in popularity of breast implants led to the recent launch of the UK’s Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry.

It was developed with help from the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), Association of Breast Surgery (ABS) and the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).

It’s is one of a number of new initiatives developed to better regulate use of implants for cosmetic surgery, with the aim of improving outcomes and reducing risk.

The organisations reiterate the message that surgery should only ever be performed when both ‘the patient and the surgeon are confident that it is in the best interest of the patient’.

This week, rapper Iggy Azalea's plastic surgeon was rather self congratulatory in an interview in which he revealed he had performed ‘a flash-recovery breast augmentation’ on her, transforming her 'super small' breasts.

Earlier this month, plastic surgeon Mo Akhavani warned that we should all view any media coverage of celebrity surgery with caution, warning that all medical interventions come with risk, however minimal, citing that even painkillers come with a warning.

He suggests we need to be fully armed with the risks and well as the benefits and it is important o ask plastic surgeons about the overall effects and possibilities with surgery.

According to a study last year, body dysmorphic disorder is likely to be a driving force for many of us seeking cosmetic procedures and Dr Akhavani called for further research to look at the figures.

He maintains that undergoing treatment is not the answer for sufferers and that patients need to be thoroughly assessed by a specialist psychologist before any surgical procedure is considered.

But, more and more of us continue to seek minimally invasive procedures and the plastic surgery business is booming.

Penile implant surgery is apparently on the up – but dental implants make up the lion’s share of the market.

Other increasingly popular cosmetic treatments include calf implants, pectoral implants, and eyelid implants.

But top of the list when it comes to implants is in the dental world that accounted for a huge share last year.

Dental implants are fast becoming the tooth replacement option of choice – they’re aesthetically more appealing and they can also help to preserve natural teeth by supporting those next to the gap it is filling.

According to the latest Adult Dental Health Survey, half a million adults have at least one dental implant.

Meanwhile, the pectoral implants market is projected to reach $127 million by 2022.

Patients who are seeking minimally invasive and non-invasive aesthetic procedures, technological advancements, and an increase in cosmetic treatment options are helping to drive the medical aesthetic market.

The fact that we have an ageing population increasingly seeking ways to enhance their faces and bodies is also helping the market to boom.
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