Gummy bears and armpits
Nowadays, the type of implants used are referred to as "gummy bear breast implants" because of how they keep their shape when they’re sliced open. These implants are actually made of a high-strength, highly cohesive silicone gel that -- unlike the silicone predecessors of the '70s and '80s -- does not leak or bleed.
So, what do breast implants and augmentation surgery look like these days? We asked an NYC-based plastic surgeon, Dr. Norman Rowe, to give us a breakdown on the procedure in the 21st century:
"If price is not an issue, silicone is the implant of choice. It’s much more natural looking and feels more natural. If a patient is starting off in the C range and wants to go to a D range, either implant saline or silicone could be used as they have a lot of breast coverage.”
These days, both saline and silicone are still used.
"Saline can be placed via the belly button, periareolar, axilla armpit, or inframammary crease. Saline comes empty therefore the incision for placement can be smaller and is filled up to the size desired on the operating room table.”
Like the choice between saline and silicone, entry points of the implants depend with each person.
"Depending on lifestyle determines the route of placement. For example, a patient that likes to sunbathe topless may opt for axilla and no scars on the breast. A patient that wears tank tops or plays tennis and has their arms up all the time may not want a scar in the armpit but rather on the breast."
To augment or not augment is obviously a highly personal choice, but either way, let's all be glad that choice no longer involves ivory balls.
Sign up here for our daily Thrillist email, and get your fix of the best in food/drink/fun.
Jeremy Glass is a writer for Thrillist and is looking into testicle implants for a friend.