Breast Augmentation Myths vs. Reality

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Are you thinking about breast augmentation, but feeling a bit concerned about some things you’ve heard? Breast augmentation may be the most popular cosmetic procedure in the U.S., but it is also one of the most misunderstood. Let’s debunk some of the biggest breast augmentation myths.

Breast Augmentation Myth #1 – Breast Implants Always Look Fake

Who do you know with breast implants? Probably more women than you think. Some estimates predict that about 4% of all American women have breast implants, including your neighbors, friends, and co-workers. With a skilled surgeon and proper implant placement, your breasts should look completely natural. Tell the world about your new breasts or keep them quiet—the decision is yours.

Breast Augmentation Myth #2 – Breast Implants Need to Be Replaced Every Ten Years

Although this is a popular notion, it’s not Dr. Lee’s recommendation. The rupture rate of modern silicone gel breast implants, as reported by one of the major manufacturers, is one percent. That means that, out of a hundred patients, one will have experienced a rupture after ten years. Dr. Lee feels that it makes little sense to replace perfectly good breast implants routinely after a set period of time. The newer implants are simply that good. While it may benefit plastic surgeons and implant manufacturers to routinely replace them after a decade, the most honest policy is to replace the implants only when you have experienced a problem. It is recommended that patients contact their surgeon for evaluation immediately once they have noticed a change in their breasts.

Breast Augmentation Myth #3 – You Can’t Breastfeed After Breast Augmentation

If you want larger breasts but are planning on future children, you may be wondering about breastfeeding after breast augmentation. The good news is, many women successfully breastfeed with implants. If you want to preserve your ability to breastfeed, let us know. We can carefully choose your incision location and implant placement to increase the chances of future breastfeeding success.

Breast Augmentation Myth #4 – You Don’t Need a Bra After Breast Augmentation

With or without implants, breast sagging is an inevitability for many women. Wearing a bra can help to provide support to your breasts and minimize sagging. If you do experience sagging after your breast augmentation, it is correctable with a breast lift.

Breast Augmentation Myth #5 – Breast Augmentation Results Last a Lifetime

Many women enjoy their breast augmentation results for years to come, but revision surgeries are needed in certain instances. Women may choose to replace their implants to change breast size or shape. A potential breast augmentation complication called capsular contracture can leave the breasts feeling hard or distorted, requiring an implant exchange. Your implants could also leak or rupture. We’ll explain the potential problems with breast implants during your consultation. Rest assured that any potential complications are infrequent and can be corrected, allowing you to enjoy gorgeous breasts the rest of your life.

Call and schedule your breast augmentation consultation today.