Breast implant technology is changing fast, and soon implants themselves may be a thing of the past. Right now there is a breast augmentation solution available that is nearly instant and doesn't require surgery or a long recovery period.
Have you heard of dermal fillers? These materials are gel-like compounds that can be injected into the body. They increase the volume of the area they're injected into and are both stable and harmless in the body. Macrolane, Restylane and Hylaform are types of dermal fillers.
Swedish scientists have developed a dermal filler called Macrolane (made by the same company that makes Restylane) specifically for breast augmentation. Made of stabilized hyaluronic acid (similarly to Hylaform), Macrolane is a soft gel-like substance that can be used to correct misshapen breast implants, contour and even results in adding bulk to breasts. This procedure is not permanent - all dermal fillers are eventually absorbed and metabolized by the body. One round of Macrolane breast augmentation should last from 1-2 years.
Known by doctors as a "Boob Jab," Macrolane is composed of hyaluronic acid but in larger particles than those found in Restylane. This makes it more suitable for larger jobs, and also means the body absorbs it more slowly.
Using dermal fillers for breast augmentation is an out-patient procedure. After applying a local anesthetic, the doctor injects the chosen substance into the patient and that's pretty much it. The entire procedure lasts less than two hours. Because it's non-surgical, there are none of the risks of full anesthesia, nor of complications arising from surgery. Recovery time is almost zero.
Maybe soon we will have instant-gratification non-surgical breast augmentation without the discomfort and expense of surgery. Until then, consumers can try lower cost and risk breast enlargement pills.