Breast augmentation, among any other plastic surgery procedure, has misinformation floating around that can keep you from wanting to undergo the process. The fact is, when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, breast augmentation is a safe and routine procedure with a low risk of complications. These are the 5 prominent myths about breast augmentation that may be preventing you from choosing breast augmentation.
1. Silicone Implants Are Harmful to Your Health
This myth is logical because saline implants only received FDA approval in the early 2000s. However, most of the concern surrounds silicone injections, which are highly dangerous because the silicone is floating freely in the body. Since their FDA approval, silicone implants haven’t been linked in any significant way to safety concerns, and leaks haven’t shown to cause any health issues.
2. You Can’t Breastfeed After a Breast Augmentation
Many women can successfully breastfeed with implants. If maintaining your ability to nurse is an important concern, you can discuss your implant placement options with your surgeon. Periareolar placement has a higher risk of impacting your ability to breastfeed. But there’s no reason you can’t nurse with proper planning and placement.
3. Augmented Breasts Look Fake
The noticeably augmented or “fake” breasts are often an aesthetic choice on the part of the patient or because the surgeon lacks the necessary skill. However, when performed properly, it’s possible to achieve breast augmentation results that look completely natural. Choosing silicone implants, placed under the muscle, are much more likely to simulate the look and feel of natural breasts.
4. Breast Implants Need to Be Replaced After 10 Years
While it is always good to go to your follow-up appointment after 10 years to ensure that your breasts still look great, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your implants will need to be replaced. Manufacturers only recommend keeping implants for 10 years, but if they don’t have any significant structural damage and you don’t have any position changes, then it may not be necessary to replace them yet.
5. You Shouldn’t Get Implants if You Are Athletic
Poor results can be created when implants aren’t placed properly on an athletic frame. However, if you choose a proportional implant, your results should still look natural. If you are highly active with your upper body, especially if you lift weights, you may want to consider placing implants above the muscle to avoid constricting the implant.