It seems that almost everyday we speak to a woman who tells us she has been considering a breast enhancement for some time, occasionally even years. Not surprisingly many of these women have been apprehensive to undergo breast augmentation because of some very common “urban” myths surrounding breast implants.
Myth 1: After getting a breast augmentation, everyone will know I have breast implants.
Fact: If done by an experienced cosmetic breast surgeon, a breast augmentation will give you very natural looking results. During your breast surgery consultation with our Denver plastic surgeon, Dr. Nick will consider the following aspects to ensure the results of your breast augmentation are not obvious:
* your height and weight
* chest width
* natural breast size and shape
* skin characteristics
* and your goals
In addition, Dr. Nick prefers submuscular breast implant placement (below the pectorial muscle) providing a more natural contour to the top of the breasts following your breast augmentation surgery. It is only when the breast implants are placed too high, in front of the muscles or are too large that it becomes obvious the woman has breast implants.
Myth 2: You have to replace your breast implants every 10 years.
Fact: Breast implants are not like tires. Women with breast implants do not need to routinely change their implants regardless of time. Replacement of your breast implants is only necessary if a complication, such as a leak, occurs. The chance of a leak increases over time with about 10 percent of patients having a leak eight years after surgery.
Myth 3: Breast implants make your breasts feel unnatural.
Fact: While breast implants may not be the exact same feel as natural breasts tissue, they are specifically designed to mimic the consistency of breast tissue and silicone gel implants feel more like natural breast tissue. Saline breast implants may feel slightly more firm than silicone implants. Additional factors that may effect the firmness of your breast after augmentation include the amount of fat tissue in the breasts prior to surgery, your skin consistency, and the formation of capsular contracture. Learn more about the steps Dr. Nick takes to prevent capsular contracture.
Myth 4: Silicone breast implants are dangerous.
Fact: While silicone gel breast implants were pulled off of the market in 1992 for cosmetic purposes, the FDA did approved the use of the new silicone gel breast implants in 2006 after a seven year clinical study. The new silicone breast implants are filled with a cohesive gel that acts more like a soft solid than a liquid. In this form, the silicone gel is very resistant to leaking outside of the implant pocket.
Myth 5: You cannot breastfeed after getting breast implants.
Fact: Breast implants typically do not inhibit your ability to breastfeed. Dr. Nick’s preferred incision location, the inframammary incision beneath the fold of the breast, combined with his preferred implant placement location leaves the milk ducts intact and shouldn’t inhibit your ability to breastfeed.
Do you have a question about breast implants that you aren’t sure is fact or myth? Ask us!