According to statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), nearly 13.1 million surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures were performed in 2010, a 39% increase in the last decade. Breast augmentation led all cosmetic surgeries with 296,203 procedures performed.
Matthew R. Schulman, M.D. board certified plastic surgeon and Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine has introduced a new method of breast augmentation using Botulinum Toxin, or Botox. According to Dr. Schulman Botox-Assisted Breast Augmentation has two major advantages – less post-operative pain and a more rapid final cosmetic result. “In comparing breast augmentation cases done with and without Botox, our before and after photos show those surgeries done with Botox reveal one month results comparable to the four month results of surgeries done without Botox.”
The procedure is done as a standard breast augmentation where the implant is placed under the muscle. (This is the preferred position of implantation.) After the muscle has been elevated, Botulinum Toxin is then injected into the muscle before the implant is placed. This partially paralyzes the chest muscle, resulting in less muscle spasms that naturally occurs during the healing process, and dramatically reduces patient discomfort.
“The most exciting outcome we have seen with Botox-Assisted Breast Augmentation is the rapid achievement of the final cosmetic result,” says Schulman. Because the muscle is relaxed, the implant can drop into position faster. After surgery, implants will naturally appear higher on the chest as the chest muscle is contracting against the implant. With regular breast augmentation it takes about three to four MONTHS for the implants to drop into the desired position. By paralyzing the muscle with Botox-Assisted Breast Augmentation, implants can settle into position in about three to four weeks.
This is great news for Spring Breakers everywhere… boobs to be augmented and injected now will be beach-ready by mid-March.