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Why Do Women Get Breast Implants?

July 10, 2014
Fredric M. Barr

Although women have been getting breast implantsfor decades, a stigma still exists for those who opt to go under the knife. So why is it still the leading plastic surgery procedure in the U.S. today? The answers may seem obvious (low self-esteem, superficial etc.), but you might be surprised.

Statistics gathered by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that, of the 300,000 breast implant procedures performed in the U.S. in 2013, the age breakdown was as follows:


Number of Procedures

13-19 8,234
20-29 83,638
30-39 105,877
40-54 85,516
55+ 6,934

As you can see, the age group that received the most implants was 30-39, hardly the adult film star or college demographic. So what motivated this age group to make their decision? The majority of 30 to 39-year-olds are in the middle of their childbearing years, and many lose volume in their breasts after pregnancy and weight loss. The only way to restore this volume and lift is by undergoing breast implant surgery. The surgery is often performed as part of a “mommy makeover,” in which the surgeon also performs a tummy tuck and liposuction.

Another noteworthy, stereotype-challenging finding is that the 40 to 54 age group surpassed the 20 to 29 group. While the popularized media images of porn stars with oversized implants and recent grads receiving breast implant surgery as a gift still get more attention, it should be known that, in reality, they are considerably fewer than those among more mature women.

If you are considering breast enlargement surgery, look no further than Palm Beach Plastic Surgery. Dr. Barr also performs a broad range of other cosmetic procedures, including face lift surgery, nose reshaping, mini plastic surgery and more. To learn more and to schedule a consultation, contact Palm Beach Plastic Surgery today by calling (561) 430-2183.

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