In the US, more than 290,000 breast augmentation procedures via implants were performed in 2016 alone, making it the most commonly requested cosmetic surgery, according to data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Despite becoming a popular procedure, there are some surprising breast augmentation facts that you may not know about, including the surgery’s cost is now being considered a business expense (according to the United States Tax Court) but only if you’re part of the “adult” entertainment business.
Here are some other surprising breast augmentation facts:
- One woman saved by her breast implants during a stabbing attack.
A 41-year-old woman from Florida was stabbed repeatedly in the chest by a jealous love rival. Lucky for her, the knife pierced through her newly placed breast implant, which served as a shield that protected her heart.
Because of the auspicious event, the woman went further by saying that her “breast implants were the best investment” she made.
- FDA-approved breast implants have serial numbers.
Breast implants nowadays have serial number, date of manufacture, volume, manufacturer name, and other pertinent data. While such information are useful for future surgery, take note that a handful of heinous crimes have been solved because investigators were able to identify the mutilated or decomposing bodies thanks to the implants’ serial numbers.
Meanwhile, some breast implants available outside the US have heat-resistant microchips that can be tracked from outside the body, allowing health authorities to identify serial numbers and other pertinent data of the prostheses.
- Before saline and silicone breast implants, there were glass bottles.
Glass bottles, blood bags, and industrial materials were previously used to enlarge breasts. But in the early sixties, American physician Dr. Frank J. Gerow convinced then 29-year-old Timmie Jean Lindsey to become the world’s first recipient of silicone breast implants.
- High-riding implants are common in the first few weeks postop.
Don’t fret if your implants seem too high on your chest wall, resulting in unnatural fullness at the upper breast pole. As your soft tissue relaxes, they will settle into a more natural position—i.e., centrally behind your nipple-areolar complex. Nonetheless, renowned Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Tarick Smiley says you can accelerate the healing process by performing breast massage or medically referred to as implant displacement exercise.
And if you’re right-handed, expect that your right implant will “drop” quicker than the other side due to greater muscle development of your dominant side. The same is true for southpaws.