April 18, 2012 13:00 ET

As Economy Lifts, So Does the Number of Breast Augmentations Performed

Already at the Top of the List for Most Performed Cosmetic Procedures, Silicone Breast Implants Are Becoming Increasingly Popular

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - Apr 18, 2012) - It looks like one popular cosmetic procedure is growing right alongside the economy: breast implants. According to, a website connecting doctors with patients, breast augmentation continues to top the list for cosmetic procedures.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons mirrors that statement recently revealing the number of people undergoing cosmetic procedures increased by 5 percent, from 2010 to 2011, with procedures for breast implants up by 4 percent.

The type of breast implants women are choosing has changed too. Patients are picking silicone breast implants over saline; after the FDA lifted a 14-year moratorium on silicone breast implants. The use of silicone implants has increased steadily since 2006.

"Although saline implants are also a very good option for most patients, silicone implants can feel more natural with less rippling in some patients," said Dr. Arnold Breitbart, a New York City surgeon with extensive skill and expertise in performing breast implant surgery.

Satisfaction with breast augmentation can also be attributed to the rise, with women accepting the cost of the procedure as part of a makeover for both their bodies and their self images.

"Overall, the patient satisfaction with cosmetic surgery... is very high," added Breitbart. He also notes that patients feel "better about themselves, with more self confidence."

The way women learn about the procedure is changing too. The internet is making it easier for women to gather information about breast augmentation as they consider the procedure for themselves. offers potential patients the opportunity to evaluate and choose doctors online, with features like a comparison tool, so patients can compare doctors' top procedures. The website has noticed increased communication from patients to doctors since the rise in breast implants.

Karen Castillo, editor for, explains, "People have a thirst for more knowledge about their surgical procedures. Our surgery guides take them step by step through the process. It feels like a virtual consultation." is a premier online physician directory connecting you with more than 150,000 doctors in specialties such as Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, Bariatric, IVF, Hair Restoration, LASIK and Cosmetic Dentistry.

Contact Information