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Debunking the Most Common Myths About Breast Augmentation

September 25, 2019, 5:59 pm

Breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic procedure that women undergo to increase the size of their breasts. The size of the breasts is enhanced in this procedure using a breast implant, which is placed above or below the chest muscle.

This is a very popular procedure, and it is estimated that around 300,000 women undergo this surgery every year. Any woman not comfortable with the size and projection of her breasts can opt for the treatment to have breasts that are larger and fuller.

Despite the popularity of this procedure, there are several myths surrounding a breast augmentation that need to be addressed.

The Most Common Myths About Breast Augmentation

Let’s discuss the most common myths about breast augmentation:

Myth: Breasts look and feel fake because of the implants.
Reality: Thanks to advances in plastic surgery, it is now impossible to differentiate between augmented breasts and actual breasts. The implants used these days are more comfortable and result in a softer and more natural feel.

Myth: Implants in the breasts need to be changed after 10 years.
Reality: Implants can leak or rupture, thereby leading to the need for replacement. However, it is not mandatory to replace every breast implant after 10 years. Good-quality implants can last for a very long time, in some cases for up to 20 years or even longer. Also, regular check-ups can ensure that any problem related to the implant can be detected early.

Myth: Implants can be risky for a child while breastfeeding.
Reality: It has been established by studies that no risk is present in breastfeeding when the mother has undergone breast augmentation. Care during the augmentation procedure ensures that there is no influence on nipple sensation or the production of milk.

Myth: Breast augmentation allows a woman to increase her breasts to any size.
Reality: While breast augmentation does help in increasing the size of a woman’s breasts, it may not be practical to increase it to just any size. The implant used needs to be proportionate to the existing breast size and position. A woman who has very small breasts naturally cannot have a very large implant fitted, as it would create problems later.

Myth: The results of a breast augmentation are completely visible immediately after the procedure.
Reality: When the procedure is completed, it is natural for the body to tighten the muscles around the implant. This may cause swelling and can interfere with the appearance of the breasts. Once the swelling reduces after a few weeks, the muscles return to their natural state. The results of the augmentation would then be clearly visible.

Myth: Any plastic surgeon can do breast augmentation.
Reality: To ensure the best results, the plastic surgeon chosen by the patient needs to be skilled and experienced. It would not be wise to go with an inexperienced practitioner – breast augmentation needs to be done by an expert.

Find Out More About Breast Augmentation

Now that we’ve dispelled many of the most common myths about breast augmentation, it’s time for you to find out more during a consultation. Set up your consultation with Dr. Matt Hlavacek, a skilled and experienced surgeon, by contacting our office today.