Ever wish that you could have bigger boobs just for a day or two, so you can fit into that dress or simply see how big breasted woman are treated differently at a bar? Well the answer to your curiosities is here in the form of temporary breast enlargements.
Plastic surgeons have been injecting saline into women’s breasts to expand their size. The effect of the procedure only lasts around 24 hours, but it is much less risky or invasive than regular breast augmentation or enlargement surgery. The saline injections were originally meant as a way for women considering these types of surgeries to see how they might look with larger breasts. If a patient was unsure of committing to implants, some surgeons would also use the injections as a trial run to see if she liked having larger breasts.
According the New York Times, the saline injection procedure quickly took on a life of its own and is being requested for special events, parties, and vacations. However, these temporary improvements come with a steep price tag of $3,500 a procedure (though some costs are reported to be as low as $2,500), prohibiting many from opting for the quick fix.
Surgeons such as Manhattan-based Dr. Norman Rowe, who perform the injections three to five times a week, claim that it is a safe procedure. Saline, which is just salt water, harmlessly absorbs into the body. Other doctors are not pleased with the rising popularity of saline injections. Dr. Michael C. Edwards, president of American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) claims that the procedure could stretch out skin, leaving breasts droopy, and Daniel Mills, M.D., a plastic surgeon and member of ASAPS, told Yahoo Health that as with any injection, there is a risk of infection and blood pooling under the skin.
And this isn't the first time a plastic surgery fad has had questionable risks for vanity's sake. In 2011, Britain saw a drastic increase in the number of labiaplastys performed, and just a few months ago Salon reported on bizarre but popular plastic surgery trends which included dimple implants and nipple lightening. Compared to all that, a little saline injection seems downright quaint.
So carry on people who have $3,500 to spend on a day of bigger breasts. I look forward to reporting on the ridiculous things that you do next.