Breast Lifts Increasing At Twice the Rate of Breast Implants, Statistics Reveal [VIDEO]

First Posted: Apr 01, 2014 08:12 AM EDT

There has been a two-fold increase in the rate of plastic lift procedures conducted compared to breast implant surgeries, a latest statistics uncovers.

Breast implants are the most performed cosmetic surgery in women, but a latest plastic surgery statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reveal that breast lift procedures is gaining popularity as there has been a 70 percent increase in breast lifts, also called mastopexy, since 2000.

ASPS reports to have conducted over 90,000 breast lifts in 2013, revealing the drastic shift in preference for fuller augmentation.

According to ASPS President Robert X Murphy, Jr., MD, many women are looking for youthful breasts by making use of the tissue they already have.

The new statistics reveal that women of age 30-54 made up nearly 70 percent of the breast lift procedures conducted in 2013.

"The breast lift procedure is way up in my practice," said Anne Taylor, MD, an ASPS-member plastic surgeon in Columbus, Ohio. "More women are coming to us who've had children, whose breast volume has decreased and who are experiencing considerable sagging," she said. "For many of them, we are able to get rid of excess skin and lift the breasts back up where they're supposed to be."

These latest statistics show that less than 53,000 breast lifts were performed in 2000 and in 2013, there were 90,006 breast lifts conducted. This is the first time the number has gone beyond 90,000.Though there were 290,224 breast augmentations conducted, it is still half the rate of breast lifts. Breast implant surgeries have grown just 37 percent since 2000.

Those interested in breast lifts and wondering whether or not they should opt for this surgery can erase such confusion with a simple pencil test.

A woman should place a pencil under her breast. If the breast tissues hold the pencil intact against the chest it means the sagging breasts can be fixed by lifts. Only those with ideal amount of breast tissue can opt for breast lift.

In the year 2013, the top five cosmetic surgeries included breast augmentation, nose re-shaping, eyelid surgery, liposuction and face-lifts.


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