Primary breast augmentation today: a survey of current breast augmentation practice patterns

Aesthet Surg J. Mar-Apr 2009;29(2):116-21. doi: 10.1016/j.asj.2008.12.006.

Abstract

A study was undertaken to survey current practice patterns concerning primary breast augmentation. Members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) were electronically surveyed concerning issues such as incision location, implant size and type, and complications, as well as information about the surgeons, their practices, and where procedures are performed. The survey response rate was 30%. Plastic surgeons from the South and Southwest made up 40% of respondents. Forty-six percent of respondents had more than 20 years of experience in practice. Forty-three percent of primary breast augmentations were performed in outpatient surgery centers. An anesthesiologist was in attendance in 60% of cases. The average operative time--indicated in 80% of responses--ranged from 45 to 90 minutes. Thirty-three percent of responding plastic surgeons used the base diameter to determine implant size and respondents most commonly used a smooth saline implant placed through an inframammary incision in a submuscular pocket. The most frequently reported complication was nipple sensation changes. Although the reintroduction of silicone gel implants was accompanied by expectations of a sharp increase in their use, this survey revealed that among ASAPS members, saline implants currently are used more often than silicone gel implants. However, both saline and silicone gel implants are used frequently, safely, and reliably. This survey represents a snapshot of current practice and future trends in primary breast augmentation will require additional assessment, although increased use of silicone gel breast prostheses over time is expected.

MeSH terms

  • Breast Implantation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Breast Implants*
  • Female
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Humans
  • Outpatient Clinics, Hospital
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / statistics & numerical data*
  • Silicone Gels
  • Sodium Chloride
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*

Substances

  • Silicone Gels
  • Sodium Chloride