6 Misconceptions About Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation with implants is the most popular plastic surgery procedure in America, with the highest satisfaction ratings from patients. The procedure can dramatically improve a woman’s confidence and outlook. Yet misconceptions about the procedure persist, keeping many women who might benefit from it from learning more.

Here are six common misconceptions about breast augmentation, with explanations of the actual facts.

1. Breasts With Implants Look and Feel Fake

Extreme augmentations can look fake, but those are the unfortunate exceptions, not the rule. A skilled plastic surgeon tailors the implants to the proportions of your body. The choice of size, type, and placement of implants make this a highly customized procedure, with results that complement the natural lines and curves of your body.

Attention to those same choices creates a natural feel to your breasts, too. The key is to choose a top-notch plastic surgeon with a track record of beautiful results (as shown in the surgeon’s before-and-after pictures).

2. Active Women Should Not Have Implants

Many active women have breast implants, including marathon runners and martial arts instructors. As part of the procedure’s planning process, a skilled plastic surgeon will ask you about your lifestyle and the look you want to achieve.

For serious runners, for example, smaller implants may be used, and they may be placed behind the chest wall muscles instead of inside the breast tissue. Smaller implants and strategic placement can give a more feminine look without interfering with sports performance. Women with active lifestyles can — and do —add volume and curves without constraint on their movements.

3. Implants Lift Sagging Breasts

On their own, breast implants add volume and improve the shape of your breasts, but they aren’t the solution for sagging breasts. Breast augmentation with lift is almost certainly a better option. A breast lift removes excess skin and pulls the breasts up for a younger look. The combined procedure resculpts your breasts for a bigger cup size without the sag.

4. Breast Implants Need to Be Replaced Every 10 Years

It’s a common myth that breast implants have a specific expiration date. While it’s true that breast implants don’t last forever, it’s common for them to last without problems for 15 years or even longer.

If a saline implant leaks, it deflates, causing a cosmetic issue but no health effects. If a silicone implant leaks, it will need to be surgically removed.

With either implant type, you’ll have the choice of replacing the implants or simply removing them,  possibly with a breast lift. You might also decide, at any time, to remove or replace the implants because you want to change the size of your breasts.

5. Women with Implants Can’t Breastfeed

Breast augmentation shouldn’t affect your ability to breastfeed whatsoever. If you discuss this concern as part of your consultation, the surgeon can insert the implant without disturbing the tissue around the nipple (with an incision beneath the breast, for example). Implants don’t affect the quality of breast milk either. Researchers have found no traces of silicone in the milk produced by mothers with silicone implants.

6. Any Cosmetic Surgeon Can Perform Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation requires specialized medical training, extensive experience, and a strong aesthetic sense. For this reason, always look for a board-certified plastic surgeon if you are considering implants. That certification is a baseline credential that assures the training and skill to perform the procedure well. But you also want to screen based on the extent of the surgeon’s experience and actual results. Review credentials, ask how many breast augmentations the surgeon has performed, and look at before-and-after pictures before you make your choice.

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