Breast enhancements are one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States, but now women won't even have to go under the knife to go up a cup size.
New York plastic surgeon Norman Rowe has developed temporary "vacation breasts," which can make breasts feel fuller for up to a few weeks. Rowe's procedure originated as a way for women who were considering breast augmentation to see how their new breasts would look and feel before surgery, but they've also become a way to quickly -- and temporarily -- boost a bust for an event or trip.
Image consultant Amanda Sanders has tried the procedure twice. She told HuffPost Live this week that the temporary breasts allowed her to mimic the feel of an implant without major surgery.
"I'm in the business of vanity," she explained to host Caitlyn Becker. "There are all sorts of bras and sticky tapes and all sorts of things to do with your breasts to put them into the right dresses. But there's nothing like really having implants to put them in the right place."
Sanders described the procedure, in which saline is injected into the breasts and absorbed by the body, as painless. According to Rowe's website, it is non-invasive, and takes less than 30 minutes to perform. Sanders said it gave her breasts a natural fullness.
"It was more or less like, 'Hey, that's a great bra,' she said of the reactions she got. "There certainly was a fullness -- a fuller-ness -- in my breasts, in terms of feeling and in weight. Not only was there more volume, but they just looked fuller."
While Sanders has been happy with her temporary breast enhancements, Dr. Anthony Youn, a board-certified plastic surgeon, was less enthusiastic.
"I would recommend people to exercise caution. None of these procedures have been studied on lots of patients -- you may have one or two people that have the treatment done that say, 'Wow, I really liked it,' but what about the thousands of people that really need this to be tested on before we recommend it to the general population?" he said.
The importance of such tests, the doctor explained, relates to the risk of cancer.
"Breasts are a cancer-prone organ -- one in nine women will get breast cancer in their lifetime. So any procedure, especially surgical, that we do with the breast, we have to be very careful, make sure it doesn't increase the risk of breast cancer or delayed diagnosis or interfere with mammography screenings," Youn said.
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