New Trend In The US Could Have Similar Effects In The UK
There is a rise of non-surgical breast enlargement procedures taking place in the United States, the questions are how safe are they, and how long before it becomes the norm in the United Kingdom?
The Independent reports that new procedures such as ‘Botox Boob Jobs’ and ‘Lunchtime Boob Jabs’ are proving very popular stateside with many women having the same solution used to smooth out wrinkles on people’s faces used on their breasts.
‘Botox Boob Jobs’ involves injecting botox into the muscles in the chest known as ‘pectoralis’. As a result, the rhomboid muscle in the chest rises up and lifts the breast.
However, there is concern about the safety of the procedure, firstly because non-surgical treatments are less tightly regulated than their surgical counterparts, and also because the process involves affecting a muscle in the chest that is useful in everyday activities.
The Independent refers to Botox specialist Dr Nick Milojevic who points out that the muscles in question are used in practices like skiing or more commonly in turning over in bed.
The concern of regulations being too relaxed with such procedures surrounds the fact that inexperienced assistants could carry out the process, which could result in disaster. In the UK the light regulations concerning the procedures mean that they could be carried out by nurses or beauticians.
Mr Nigel Mercer of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) is particularly concerned of such problems,
“The thought of a nurse performing this is alarming. The Government are shy of regulating this industry, although professionals and consumers are pushing for it,”
Another form of surgery that could prove popular is what the Independent calls the ‘Boob Jab’, where injectable fillers are inserted into the breast via a canula. However, this is a costly procedure in its own right and the cost rises each year as the injectable filler needs topping up regularly.
Currently, breast enlargement treatments are carried out surgically by inserting an implant known as prosthesis into the breast so that a larger shape is created. Breast uplift procedures (known as mastopexy) are also carried out surgically, whereby excess skin is removed from the breast area and the areola moved to a new position.
Source: The Independent