In recent news, Dr. Thomas B. McNemar, a Bay Area plastic surgeon in Norther California commented on the risks of such a procedure and expressed concerns about a new breast surgery procedure called the “lunchtime boob job.” Really … are women in that much of a hurry that they want to expedite the processes and get fuller breasts during lunch?
Apparently, it is possible for women to have non-surgical breast augmentation, using an injectable filler substance called Macrolane to lift and add shape and volume. Macrolane has been used more in Europe, and many women have been pleased with the results, but McNemar has his doubts and cautions patients to do their homework. Patients are advised not to rush decisions when it comes to cosmetic procedures, the short term can impact long-lasting, safe results.
Besides, after a survey was conducted by The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), members were reporting complaints from their patients. In addition, in April Macrolane announced it would no longer promote the product for breast enhancement after it was discovered that Macrolane may interfere with mammogram readings, but it would still be available for enhancement of buttocks, calves and other areas of the body.
“Not only does Macrolane show up as a shadow in ultrasound, MRI and mammogram images, but a recent study found that it can interfere with the ability to diagnose cancer through mammography,” Dr. McNemar says.
“When women come to me considering breast augmentation, I sit down with them and explain the pros and cons of all the options that are available,” Dr. McNemar says. “I explain that, depending on the woman’s individual cosmetic goals, breast implants are usually the safest, longest-lasting and most dependable choice.”
Regardless of the procedure, Dr. McNemar recommends using FDA approved products, proven techniques that have a strong record of safety and results. “Some quick-fix cosmetic procedures may be less expensive and require less recuperation time than breast surgery, but I’ve found that when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.”