According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation was the most popular cosmetic surgery in 2014 with nearly 300,000 augmentations performed nationwide. What hasn’t increased, however, is breast implant size. In fact, average implant size is decreasing, as smaller breasts become more popular among cosmetic surgery patients. Here’s a look at why smaller breast implants are on the rise.
1. Broadening Ideas of What Makes Breasts Beautiful
While a couple of decades ago, the Baywatch-style high profile implants were quite popular, Americans today have a much broader idea of what makes breasts beautiful. Small breasts today are considered just as attractive as their larger counterparts, if not even more so, depending on the body type.
2. Focus on Natural Appearance
A large factor in the decrease in average breast implant size is the modern focus on natural appearances. Today, women and men alike value a look that appears low maintenance and natural over a look that seems artificial. For many, a subtle enhancement is all that is required to reach their goal appearance. Smaller breast implants can be a great way to enhance the breasts in a way that appears and feels completely natural.
3. Enhanced Proportions over Bigger Breast Size
Finally, as Americans become fitter and more health-conscious, they are beginning to embrace the importance of balanced body proportions for a healthy and youthful appearance. Since breasts are primarily composed of fat, slimmer bodies can appear more proportionate with moderate sized breasts rather than larger sizes that may seem too artificial.
With over 25 years of active practice, Dr. Michael Halls is recognized as a leader in breast surgery procedures in Southern California. Dr. Halls graduated Alpha Omega Alpha and Cum Laude from Medical School in Canada and completed seven further years of training in Plastic Surgery Residencies and Fellowships including two years in Boston at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital.
He is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery in the United States (FACS) and Canada (FRCS(C)) and is an active member in international, national, and local societies for breast and plastic surgery. Dr. Halls has published multiple papers in journals and texts over the past four decades and has appeared on many local and national TV programs.