Raleigh Breast Augmentation Surgeon Discusses Downsizing in Breast Implants. Raleigh North Carolina Plastic Surgeon explains the new trend in breast augmentation. Breast implants for cosmetic breast augmentation first became available in the 1960's and rapidly gained popularity in the 1970's. By the 1980's breast augmentation was the second most popular plastic surgery (after liposuction), and the motto seemed to be the bigger the better. The oversized implants seen everywhere in the popular media in the 80's and 90's clearly served to alter the public's perception of what breasts are supposed to look like: large, taut and high. The kind of breasts that formerly appeared only in cartoons.
Today, breast augmentation is more popular than ever. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons,. But reason is beginning to prevail again, and patients and the public are rediscovering the fact that the aesthetic ideal for the female breast is soft, supple, much fuller in the lower than the upper pole, and in proportion to the rest of a woman's figure.
Patient demographics are changing, too. Women in their 30's and 40's (especially moms) are the fastest growing group of patients seeking breast augmentation today. These are women who have lost breast volume following pregnancy and lactation, and who simply seek to restore a natural, more youthful breast contour. They don't want to look like they've had breast enhancement surgery; they instead wish to fill out clothing better and feel more comfortable out of clothing. Even women who have not had children are opting for smaller, more realistic appearing breast augmentation. Professional women (including physicians!) want to look their best, but they don't want to look done.
It is very common in my practice to perform a breast enhancement that changes the breast profile from an A cup to a B cup, says Dr. Michael Law, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Raleigh, NC, formerly of Beverly Hills. I rarely have patients requesting large implants anymore, although there are still a few who express a desire for that busty, done look. I counsel those patients that it is certainly possible to achieve that look, if it is truly what they want, but that I simply won't perform any aesthetic surgery that doesn't look natural. A woman with very large breast implants that doesn't match her frame looks like a cartoon character, and that is not my aesthetic ideal. And these patients never have any problem finding someone who will give them the look that they want.
Potential breast augmentation patients should also give serious thought to the following consideration: one great advantage of a conservative breast enhancement is that small implants are much more likely to feel natural. It is possible to provide a breast enhancement that is soft, supple and even undetectable (by touching) with a small implant, something that is never achieved with very large breast implants.
One of my most recent breast enhancement patients (another doctor) had the following to say at her three-week follow-up appointment: If I hadn't written a check to pay for them, Dr. Law, I wouldn't know they're not really mine.
About Dr. Michael Law
Dr. Michael Law is a board-certified plastic surgeon. He grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina where his father, Reverend Thomas Law, served as pastor of St. Paul’s Christian Church for 30 years. Dr. Law attended Broughton High School. He then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He received his M.D. degree at Emory University, where he graduated magna cum laude, second in his class of over 100 graduating physicians.
Dr. Law then traveled west to California. He elected to pursue a rigorous ten year training program that includes general surgery residency at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), plastic surgery residency at the University of Southern California (USC), and a plastic surgery fellowship at USC. His ten years of formal training following medical school amount to twice that of some plastic surgeons.
Dr. Law is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has authored and co-authored publications appearing in peer-reviewed journals and surgical textbooks, and he has made presentations at regional and national meetings throughout the United States. Since 2004 his North Carolina practice and medical spa have twice been featured on the cover of Plastic Surgery News, the official news journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Upon completing his surgical training, he remained in California where he had a successful aesthetic plastic surgery practice in Beverly Hills. North Carolina always seemed like home, however, and in 2002 he made the decision to leave California and bring his exceptional training and talents to his hometown of Raleigh. He still sees patients from California and all parts on the U.S. and Europe who seek natural results from plastic surgery. Dr. Law resides in Raleigh with his wife Kile and their two young sons.
Dr. Law has been recognized in many "best of" polls since opening his Raleigh, North Carolina plastic surgery practice. Dr. Law has been recognized by both the public and his peers for his outstanding achievements and talent. And he shares information with colleagues at plastic surgery meetings and in plastic surgery news journals. His practice has been featured in national magazines, newscasts and television programs. But he has declined invitations to participate in plastic surgery reality television programs.
Dr. Law performs plastic surgery in a hospital O.R. and provides a complimentary overnight hospital stay with medical observation to enhance patient comfort and to provide peace of mind to patients and their families.