According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), breast augmentation is the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the US, with around 300,000 procedures performed a year. This trend is likely to continue into the future. Although fashion changes, the trend in human evolution is toward larger breasts, and those who are not genetically predisposed toward them seek other methods to get them. Surgical breast enlargement is nearly as old as modern surgery, and long before doctors experimented with surgical methods for enlargement, women tried many forms of folk medicine, salves, exercises, and devices to attempt to stimulate the growth of their breasts. So breast augmentation is likely here to stay, but just as it is very different from breast augmentation a century ago, in the future it is likely to be very different.
In the next 10 Years: Natural breast augmentation using stem cells to improve the reliability of fat grafting is on the horizon. Although some advertise that this is a current technology, it's more of an art than a science, with widely varying results. Although experienced fat grafting surgeons like New York plastic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits know how to get good results with this treatment, not every doctor can do it, nor is every area equally suited to treatment. But it is likely that the actual science of this technique will be worked out soon, and many women who are getting augmentation with breast implants today may be able to partly or wholly use fat grafting to replace the implants at the end of their normal lifetime.
In the next 50 Years: Women will no longer be constrained by the breasts nature gave them. Scientists are experimenting with ways to create a tissue mold that can then be used as a guide for growing custom-made tissues in the desired size and shape. The hope is that this will allow a woman to custom-grow breasts and breast tissue to achieve the size and shape they desire, which future surgical techniques will allow to be fused seamlessly to the body.
In the next 100 Years: As we come to understand more and more the genetic triggers that control breast development we may learn how to turn them on and off at will..With this technique, young women will be able to control their breast growth to get the breasts they desire. This can control not only size and shape, but also the density of breasts and distribution of supportive tissue.
With these technologies on the horizon, the future of breast augmentation looks glorious. But if you cannot wait for these technologies to be developed, don't worry. The advanced techniques currently available for breast augmentation are also very good. To learn more about the state-of-the-art techniques employed by Dr. Lefkovits to give his patients great results, please call or email us today to set up a consultation.