Exposing The Bottoming Out "Trend"

In the March issue of Allure Magazine, former Spice Girl, fashion icon, and clothing designer Victoria Beckham admitted both to having breast implants and having them removed. Beckham's implant removal is only one of many, as stars like Heidi Montag, Sharon Osbourne, Tara Reid, Kimberly Stewart, and Courtney Love have also gotten their implants removed. Beckham's implant removal has caused many news and media sources to conclude that breast implant removal is the newest trend in Holloywood. The Huffington Post even began their article on the subject with the line “Implants must be going out of style."

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But, you shouldn't always believe what you read. Despite the influx of opinions about breast augmentations going out of style and the supposedly high amounts of women getting a breast reduction surgery, experience and the facts simply do not support the claims made by the Huffington Post or other news and media sources. The truth is that breast implants are not only not going out of style; they are increasing in numbers as procedures become safer and surgeons become more skilled.

The Facts

According to the 2013 data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the trend for breast augmentations is actually the complete opposite of what some media sources have professed. Consider, for example, that:

  • The number of breast augmentation procedures went from 212,500 in the year 2000 to 290,224 in 2013, a 37 percent increase.
  • The number of breast implant removal procedures actually decreased from 2000 to 2013. In 2000, there were 40,787 implant removals, while there were only 23,770 in 2013, a decrease of 42 percent.
  • There was a three percent increase in the number of plastic surgery procedures between 2012 and 2013.


The safety of breast augmentation procedures has also grown as methods for implants diversify, the number of available implant manufacturers increases, and the market for reliable plastic surgeons with board certifications also increases. Finding the right implant, surgeon, and procedure is easier than it ever was because of the increase in demand for breast augmentations.

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On the market today, there are five competing breast implant manufacturers. They are:

  • Allergan
  • Mentor
  • Sientra
  • Eurosilicone
  • Nagor

Especially with the recent fall of the company Poly Implant Prothese, these companies are working to make breast implants safer and with less chance of rupturing. As a result, the industry has become highly competitive and is becoming increasingly safe.

New implant procedures, too, have reduced scarring and decreased bottoming out rates. For example, partially under the muscle and fully below the muscle implant procedures highly reduce the risk of capsular contracture and bottoming out. Though these procedures are more complicated and expensive, they can ultimately save money by decreasing the amount of surgeries required.

Should You Get It?

So, the big question is: should you get a breast augmentation? While breast augmentations are not for everyone, the supposed decrease in implant procedures among celebrities shouldn't influence your augmentation decision. The augmentation decision is yours, not the media's or celebrities'.