According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic procedure. And it’s no wonder: Breast augmentation with implants is often a life-changing surgery, helping to improve confidence as well as boost body image and esteem.
Despite all the known benefits, many women shy away from breast augmentation because of a few myths that have perpetuated since the earliest days of the procedure. Here, the experienced surgeons of The Plastic Surgery Center dispel these myths.
Myth #1: Breast implants look and feel fake.
Breast implants have evolved. The look and feel of modern breast implants are difficult to distinguish from natural breasts. Your surgeon will complete a detailed consultation before the procedure to ensure your breast implants achieve the natural look and feel you desire.
Myth #2: Implants must be replaced frequently.
Though not made to last forever, when performed by an expert plastic surgeon, the average implant lasts between 10 and 15 years. As with natural breasts, routine follow-ups are necessary to maintain the health of your breasts. (These appointments may include breast exams, mammograms, sonograms and MRIs.) The lifestyle of the patient has the greatest impact on the longevity of breast implants, with factors such as weight gain, pregnancy, smoking and sun protection playing important roles.
Myth #3: Breastfeeding with implants is not safe.
Breastfeeding with breast implants is safe and, in most cases, quite possible. If you plan to become pregnant or breastfeed after breast augmentation, tell your plastic surgeon during your consultation. Your surgeon can recommend the best implant placement and incision pattern to accommodate breastfeeding.
Myth #4: Breast implants cause you to lose sensation in your nipples and breasts.
In most cases, sensation and sensitivity returns to the breast shortly after surgery. Some women may experience longer recovery times depending on the type of implant, the size of the implant and the incision. Loss of nipple sensation is a possible risk, but it is not common.
Myth #5: You can choose your cup size with breast implants.
The size and shape of your breast implants are determined by a lengthy assessment between you and your surgeon. The best size will be largely dependent on your body type and personal preferences. Keep in mind that cup size can vary among brassiere manufacturers. Your surgeon will work with you to choose the best breast implant type, shape, size, texture, placement, profile and incision technique to achieve the desired goals.
Myth #6: Any cosmetic surgeon can perform breast implant surgery.
It is important to understand that “cosmetic” surgeons are not the same as “plastic” surgeons. Choose a plastic surgeon that is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). ABPS-certified plastic surgeons are required to complete and maintain extensive training and education. You should look for a surgeon that is experienced, honest, listens well, clearly explains your options and answers your questions.
The surgeons of The Plastic Surgery Center are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and extensively trained in the latest techniques and technologies in breast augmentation. Schedule an appointment in our Sacramento or Granite Bay office with one of our experienced surgeons to learn more about your breast implant options.