Let’s be honest, we now live in a culture where everyone wants to look good by any means possible. And in a nutshell, there’s really nothing wrong with undergoing the knife to enhance whatever you have as long as you’re doing it for yourself and not just for external reasons.
With that said, some find it daunting to try out surgery because of all the myths being perpetuated about it especially when it comes to breast augmentation. The key here is to be informed and get to know what are facts and what are plain misconceptions. If you’ve been raring to learn what the real truth about plastic surgery procedures such as breast augmentation, you’ve come to the right place.
Read on below for some of the most common myths on breast augmentation as well as the explanation on what the real deal is!
- All Implants Must Be Replaced After 10 Years
It’s a given that breast implants won’t last forever. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone would require 10 years before they should replace them. Just like with most things related to the human body, how your plastic surgery results hold up will depend on the way you treat your body and how it responds to stresses and aging.
As such, some require fewer than 10 years before they can be replaced while some go even a bit past 10 years before theirs need to be replaced. FDA recommends to have it replaced within anywhere from eight to 10 years.
Another factor that will determine when your implants will be replaced is if there are any complications associated with them. Implants may be replaced because of rupture or leakage and capsular contracture. If saline implants leak, the saline is absorbed by the body, but if silicone gel implants leak, the gel must be surgically removed.
- Only Insecure Women Get Implants
It’s a shame that many people think that only insecure women get implants. Although there are indeed a lot of women who undergo such procedure for that reason, there are also many others who are secure in themselves and just want to enhance whatever it is that they have.
For example, thousands of women in Canada undergo breast augmentation every year. Research shows that the typical woman who gets implants is in her mid-30’s, is in a long-term relationship and has a college education. Some are even a stay-at-home mom or a business professional. Most of the said criteria point to a woman with an established background and not necessarily someone who’s probably insecure about her life.
- Breast Implants Cause Autoimmune Diseases
Scientific studies of hundreds of thousands of women with implants show no association between implants and autoimmune diseases. Additionally, there is no increased risk of breast cancer in patients with breast implants so this claim definitely doesn’t hold water.
Technology has come a long way, particularly in the field of plastic surgery. Nowadays, everything—from the methods to the materials used—have been improved to the point that plastic surgery risk is at its lowest compared to decades before. The ones you see used today are tested carefully to ensure safety and effectiveness.
- Implants are Dangerous to Breastfeeding Babies
Many women who consider breast augmentation are worried about its risks when it comes to breastfeeding their babies should they ever become pregnant. But research shows that there’s no medical risk for babies born to or breast-fed by women with saline or silicone breast implants.
In fact, you could just breastfeed as usual especially if your breast implants have been placed under the muscle. While there might be some changes when it comes to nipple sensation, there are ways to minimize problems in this area.
- Women Can Choose a New Bra Cup Size
Choosing a new bra cup size for your breast implant requires more than just your wanting to achieve a certain size. Any increase should be aligned to your body proportions as well as the tolerance of your skin and what would feel comfortable for you.
Moreover, your exact cup size after surgery isn’t entirely predictable, mostly because there’s a huge variation in what each cup size means for each brassiere manufacturer. For natural results, the implant should match your own breast dimensions and characteristics, like breast width, diameter, and position on the chest wall.
- All Plastic Surgeons Can Perform Breast Augmentations Well
Like in any trade or profession, there will always be bad ones who deliver subpar results. You’ll know a good plastic surgeon when you see one if he or she can recognize that women’s breasts should be unique to the body of the woman who wants to improve them.
For this reason, breast augmentation makes for an intricate process. Creating stunning breasts is both an art and a science since aside from technical skills, it will also require a surgeon to draw from his or her aesthetic sensibilities and judgment.
As it is, you have to find a surgeon who knows that breast augmentation is more about dimension and proportion, than just pure volume. It’s not always about the bigger the better but what would look good in you—given the body that you have.
Take note, however, that “cosmetic” surgeons are not the same as “plastic” surgeons. Only board certified plastic surgeons who have completed years of rigorous training as well as who passed written and oral examinations are the ones that can be called certified cosmetic surgeons.
The main difference is that each discipline is trained with a different goal in mind. A plastic surgeon is trained in the reconstruction of body and facial defects due to disease, burns, trauma or birth disorders. A cosmetic surgeon is trained only to enhance a patient’s appearance by improving proportion, symmetry and aesthetic appeal.
- Using the Same Cosmetic Surgeon As Someone Gets You the Same Results
When considering cosmetic surgery, it’s important to remember that no two human bodies are ever exactly alike. Going to your friend’s or someone else’s cosmetic surgeon and having the same procedure done never guarantees you will have the same results.
Results depend on many factors, including the size and shape of muscles, the amount of breast tissue, the size of the implant, whether you choose saline or silicone implants, and whether they’re placed over or under the muscle.
With that said, the goal is to not have your look the same as someone else’s breasts. The goal should be to improve how your breasts look considering the body that you have.
- After Surgery Recovery is Grueling
It’s expected that recovery after surgery is difficult but it isn’t necessary grueling if you follow the steps to care for them outlined by your doctor. If you follow the precautions prescribed to you then there’s no doubt that there will hardly be any problem in your recovery.
Moreover, there will be routine follow-ups after your breast augmentation procedure and is standard for all women who undergo it. There will also be breast exams to before your actual surgery such as mammograms, sonograms, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to make sure that there won’t be any complication for your post-surgery recovery.
As with most surgical procedures, especially cosmetic ones, breast augmentation does not come totally with any guaranteed results. However, most patients who have undergone breast augmentation are often satisfied with the outcome they’ve achieved. There are still, of course, a small percentage who go for revisions or have their implants removed altogether.
The important thing is, you have to be able to separate fact from fiction if you want to make the best-informed decision before getting breast surgery.