Breast augmentation without surgery
Breast augmentation remains one of the most commonly performed procedures in aesthetic medicine. Are there alternatives to breast surgery with silicone implants? Are there also breast augmentations without surgery? Is it possible to give more volume to the breasts with hyaluronic acid fillers?
Doesn’t it sound tempting to have a shapely breast with more volume all over? without surgical intervention, without anesthesia and downtime, a breast augmentation without surgery. In this context, it is worth taking a look back. The history of breast augmentation is in fact a story full of trial and error…
Initially, at the end of the 19th century, experiments were made with kerosene, glass balls, sponges, gum and lanolin. Liquid silicone was also injected to give the breast more volume and shape. The first medically indicated intervention is considered to be the attempt by the German-Austrian physician Vinzenz Czerny in 1885 to reconstruct a breast after breast cancer using a fat tumor from the back of the affected patient. Many of these interventions attracted severe complications which not infrequently ended with the amputation of the breast.
Further breast augmentations were performed with silicone implants in the USA from 1961 and saline implants in France from 1963. The first Silicone implants however, had a high complication rate. Reported leaking silicone and Capsule formations. This prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban silicone-filled breast implants on the American market for several years in 1992.
Always new implants
However, this did not dampen the industry’s drive for research and invention. Implants with titanium coating, hydrogel implants and those filled with soybean oil followed. None of these variants could last long. The complications that arose soon forced the manufacturers to withdraw the products from the market again.
Even though extensive research has made silicone implants very safe today, it is still unthinkable for many patients to have practically a foreign body for life in the breast. However, the desire for fuller breasts or an optimized shape remains unbroken. How tempting it sounds, Alternatives to silicone implants and thus avoid the often daunting scenario of an operation with general anesthesia?
Breast augmentation without surgery
In 2007, an innovative hyaluron product for body treatment was launched by a Swedish company. In addition to the treatment of sunken scars and buttock augmentation, breast treatment was also mentioned as an indication. An increase in volume of up to one cup size was to be achievable with the help of the strongly cross-linked hyaluron gel. And the results were indeed promising, while the side effects seemed roughly comparable to those of silicone implants. But then in 2012 came the “end” for the product. A not inconsiderable number of female patients complained of painful Capsule and lump formation and hardening of the breast. In addition, it was found that breast cancer screening was significantly impeded by the partially diffusely applied gel. As a result, CE certification for the product for the breast indication was suspended.
But the game of playing on patients’ wishes and desires continues nonetheless. Shortly after the product’s sales were halted, hyaluronic-based imitation materials hit the market. They exhibit the same problems, but with the difference that the data basis in the sense of studies is extremely poor. Hyaluronic Acid is now no longer the only material used, however.
Beware of: Breast augmentation with fillers
A hydrophilic gel that is 97% saline and approximately 3% 3D polyamide gel is also now used by injection in the sensitive area of the female breast. Study data for this application are searched for in vain. And also the long-term effects on the mammary gland tissue in general as well as the presentation and differentiation from malignant neoplasms in the context of breast cancer screening are completely unclear.
Beautiful shape, fullness and a natural tactile sensation are important to many women when it comes to optimizing their breasts. However, one’s own health should not be risked for the desire for more femininity. In this respect, the same applies here: What sounds too good to be true is often too good to be true.
Text: Astrid Tomczak/mabelle