Breast Augmentation Myths vs. Reality

Are you thinking about breast augmentation? Make sure you know the truth about the procedure. There are many breast augmentation myths out there that tend to confuse potential patients. Today, let’s debunk some of these common myths. Have heard any of the myths on our list?

Breast Augmentation Myth #1 – Breast Implants Must Be Replaced Every Ten Years

It is a common misconception that implants need to be replaced every ten years.  There is no exact expiration date when it comes to breast implants. If you are happy with your Breast Implants at 10 years and there are no problems with them then there is no reason to replace them.

Breast Augmentation Myth #2 – Silicone Implants Are Always Better than Saline

Many women have heard that silicone implants are the best. In reality, both saline and silicone implants can be a good choice. Each implant type has its unique advantages. Saline implants are available for cosmetic enhancement at a younger age (18+), while silicone implants are only recommended for women who are 22 and older. Saline implants may be able to be placed endoscopically for a smaller incision. Additionally, it is easier to spot a rupture with a saline implant. Silicone implants are lighter and, in some cases, more natural feeling. They may be more expensive than saline. We’ll help you determine which implant type best meets your needs.

Breast Augmentation Myth #3 – Breast Augmentation Can Fix Saggy Breasts

Breast augmentation increases breast size but, if you have sagging, it isn’t the complete solution. We often recommend pairing a breast lift with breast augmentation for women who have advanced breast sagging. By pairing these procedures together, we can simultaneously address size, shape, and breast position. These two procedures can be performed together to reduce downtime.

Breast Augmentation Myth #4 – You Can’t Breastfeed After Breast Augmentation

If you’re planning future children and want to breastfeed, you may be able to—even with implants. Many women go on to successfully breastfeed after breast augmentation. If you’re thinking about future breastfeeding, tell us before your surgery. Certain incision types and implant placements are more conducive to breastfeeding success.

Breast Augmentation Myth #5 – You Can Easily Spot Women with Implants

Think you can easily spot women with implants? You’re probably wrong. Odds are you know many women with breast implants … the checker at the grocery store, your child’s teacher, your aunt, your best friend! Many women have implants and you often can’t tell unless they tell you.

The key to natural looking results is choosing the right implant. During your consultation, we’ll take your anatomy (including your build, the size of your chest wall, and the amount of breast tissue you already have) into consideration to create your ideal breasts. We’ll even let you “test drive” your new implants so you can be sure you have it right.

Call us today at 540-371-7730 to schedule your breast augmentation consultation.

Breast Augmentation Frequently Asked Questions

1. Breast Lift vs Breast Augmentation: How to tell which is needed?

Usually this requires an examination, but if the nipple is below the Inframammary fold a lift is likely.

2. How to choose the right breast implant size?

We utilize sizers at the consultation so the patient can see the actual volume in her clothes.

3. Do breast implants lift slightly sagging breasts?

Yes, but significant sagging requires a breast lift.

4. Can I have breast implants under local anesthesia?

It is possible, but our total intravenous anesthesia provides significantly more comfort with the patient completely asleep, and breathing on their own.

5. Can I have breast implants if I’m planning to have kids in the future?

Yes.

6. Can I breast feed if I have breast implants?

Yes.

7. What is the best shape of implants to achieve more natural looking results?

All implants have pros & cons. Round implants under the muscle provide excellent results in the majority of patients.

8. Do silicone implants harden over time?

Implants do not harden, but scar tissue can develop around either saline or gel implants. Our incidence is <1%.

9. Do breast implants need to be replaced overtime?

Only if they rupture. There is no need to replace implants @ 10yrs which seems to be a common misconception.

10. How long is the downtime for breast augmentation surgery?

Three days, in addition we have a long acting local anesthesia that last 72 hrs. and dramatically reduces initial discomfort.

11. Silicone vs. Saline: Which breast implant is safer?

Neither is unsafe, but it may be difficult to know when a gel implant is ruptured.

12. What are the risks of breast implant?

No specific risk of the implants other than rupture, however surgery has risks of bleeding, infection, and scarring, There is also a risk of possible loss of nipple sensation and implants could make mammography more difficult.

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