5 Myths About Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most popular elective surgeries in the world. Though advertisements are everywhere and everyone knows someone who has had the procedure done, there are still persistent myths about the procedure. To help clear up any misconceptions about breast enlargement procedures, here are the Top 5 Myths about breast augmentation surgery.

Top 5 Myths About Breast Augmentation Surgery

1. Everyone will know that I have “fake breasts.” Remember that old Seinfeld episode where Jerry and Elaine disagree about a woman’s breasts – real or fake? It is not so easy to tell anymore. The newest procedures and highly trained surgeons can give the patient a natural appearing result. It is important to select a surgeon who will carefully consider your height, weight, and natural breast shape and size when deciding on the type of procedure and the size of the implant. Selecting the right implant and positioning it correctly are the keys to naturally appearing breast implants.

2. My breast implants can be easily ruptured. This is one of the most persistent myths. Breast implants do rupture, but it happens quite infrequently. However, those stories quickly make the rounds and give the impression that ruptures are far more common than they really are. Saline implants are generally more prone to rupture than silicone implants, but the odds for either one rupturing is very low. Rupture rates do increase with the age of the implants.

3. My implants will need to be replaced every five or ten years. Though breast implants are not lifetime devices, they last longer than five or ten years. Most experts believe that breast implants will need to be replaced at some point in time; modern breast implants are likely to last 20 to 25 years. Ten year warranties are common, with some are even covered by a lifetime warranty. However, warranties often cover just the implant and not the procedure.

4. I won’t be able to breastfeed. Many women who have had breast implant surgery are surprised to find out that they will be able to breastfeed. Though there are some exceptions, the overwhelming majority of women who have had breast augmentation surgery will be able to breastfeed when the need arises.

5. My implants will feel unnaturally firm and stiff. Though implants might never feel exactly like the real thing, they should be fairly close. The key to getting that natural feel is to prevent the buildup of scar tissue around the implant. Placing the implant under the chest muscles, getting an implant that matches body size, doing post-surgical exercises as directed by your doctor, and taking Vitamin-E supplements are all potential ways to decrease the build up of scar tissue. Always talk to your doctor before and after the surgery about ways to help your breast implants feel more natural, and follow any directions carefully.