Common Myths About Breast Augmentation Surgery

Posted on: 10 May 2017

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 280,000 breast augmentation surgeries were performed in 2015. If you're considering the surgery, you might be concerned about some of the horror stories you heard from friends and family, or read on the internet. However, before you believe everything you read or hear, it's important to learn that most of the information floating around about breast augmentation procedures simply' isn't true. Here are a few of the most common myths associated with breast augmentation surgery:

All Breast Implants Are Huge

You might assume that all breast implants are created equally, and that if you undergo this common procedure, you will look unnatural or garner unwanted attention. However, this is simply not true, and in fact, implants come in a variety of sizes that will fit every woman's frame and shape.

Your surgeon will help guide you to choose the right size implants for your frame. In addition, here are another few suggestions to help you make an informed decision:

Look beyond the size—In addition to choosing the right size for your frame and shape, it is also important to keep the breast's shape and placement in mind, as well. For example, depending on the amount of tissue available, your surgeon may be able to manipulate the location of your breasts.

Keep your height in mind—A larger cup size can look dramatically different on a woman who is petite and a woman is above-average height. Keep this in mind when determining which implant size to choose.

Bring along a second opinion—Ask a close friend, family member or your spouse to come with you during your appointment. Make sure to bring someone who will give you an honest opinion about which size, shape and placement will look good for you.

Ultimately, it's best to choose an implant you feel comfortable with, and will provide you with some additional self-confidence.

Skip the Silicone Implants

You may have heard about the dangers of silicone breast implants, and to be safe, you should choose saline, instead. However, before you assume you only have one option, it is important to note that modern silicone implants are very safe, and they are often a better choice for several patients.

Saline breast implants are filled with a sterile saline solution. If they were to break, the saline would simply empty out of the shell and be safely absorbed by your body. A silicone implant is filled with a filled with a silicone gel, and often provide more of a natural feel than saline implants.

If the silicone implant breaks, the gel will often remain in the outer shell of the implant, or drain into something called a breast implant pocket. In most cases, if the silicone implant breaks, the shell will remain intact.

If you have additional questions about the best type of implant for your needs and lifestyle, don't hesitate to ask your surgeon.

Implants Make Breastfeeding Impossible

One of the most pervasive myths about breast implants is that if you have the procedure, you won't be able to breastfeed your future children. Luckily, in most cases, the implants will not negatively impact the ability to breastfeed, especially if you let your surgeon know that you are planning to have children, and breastfeed them, in the future.

There are two different types of breast implant surgeries: under-the-muscle and over-the-muscle. Typically, if your surgeon performs an under-the-muscle implant placement, you will have no trouble breastfeeding because the mammary ducts and glands are not impacted.

The decision to get breast implants is very personal, and should be discussed with your loved ones and physician. If you have any additional questions about this procedure, don't hesitate to visit your doctor. Other resources like Renaissance Center For Facial & Body Sculpting can help.