An infographic created by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) illustrates the evolution of breasts over time as an outcome to modern breast augmentation choices.
Statistics reflect positive feedback from women who received breast implants; one of the top plastic surgeries for women today.
The percentages presented in this infographic serve as an illustration of the changes in women’s breast size, enhancement and behavior over the course of time.
In 1997, approximately 101,000 women underwent breast augmentations. In 2011, this number more than tripled, with roughly 317,000 augmentations.
Not only has their been an increase in plastic surgeries, but also the average breast size since 1997 has increased from a 34B to a 36C. A C-cup is the women’s average size breast implant.
Six of the top reasons why women choose to get breast implants include the following: to look better naked (91%), to look better in clothes (84%), they want larger breasts (84%), to feel better about herself (81%), to feel more confident (79%) and to feel less self-conscious (74%).
Prior to the use of FDA-approved saline and silicone implants, women in the early 20th century used substances such as glass balls, ivory, wood chips, peanut oil and ox cartilage to enlarge their breasts.
Now, 31% of women use saline, a solid silicone outer shell filled sterile salt water, and 69% use silicone, an outer shell pre-filled with stable gel.
The common demographics of women to undertake this type of plastic surgery are in their mid-30s, married or in a long-term relationship and received some college education.
A study by realself.com also illustrated the satisfaction rating these women post-surgery. A high majority of women who have received breast augmentation plastic surgery would recommend the surgery, are happy about their decision and reported improvement in their self-confidence.
The correlation between breast augmentation and women’s positive feedback doesn’t stop short of just confidence enrichment. More than half of these women also reported having more frequent sex and a more satisfying sex life.