If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, you may have come across some possibly unsettling information in your research about the safety and longevity of your results. However, many of these notions surrounding breast augmentation and implants are misleading or even downright false. Over 300,000 women undergo breast augmentation surgery each year, and it is considered one of the most routine plastic surgery procedures to perform.
These are common breast augmentations myths, and the truth about them.
Implants Must Be Replaced After 10 Years
Most breast implant manufacturers claim that implants need to be replaced after 10 years. While the material that comprises implants can wear down over time, this doesn’t mean that your implants must be changed once they have reached the 10-year mark. If your breasts still look and feel great, you probably won’t need to change them. It is recommended that you see a surgeon after 10 years of having your implants to make sure you don’t have a slow leak, but if your implants are in good condition there is no reason to change them.
Breast Implants Cause Breast Cancer
This is probably the most significant controversy surrounding breast implants. Do they increase your risk of cancer or cause an autoimmune disease? Multiple studies have been performed, and they show no link between breast implants and increased rates of breast cancer. If you have risk factors that make you more prone to developing breast cancer, such as a family history or your age, it is recommended that you undergo a mammogram before surgery and participate in routine visits while you have breast implants.
Breast Implants Affect Your Ability to Breastfeed
Implants don’t affect your ability to breastfeed, but certain types and locations of incisions can. If an implant is inserted through a periareolar incision, there is a chance that nerves or milk ducts become damaged in the process. This may impact your ability to nurse. If you plan on having children in the future, it is important to discuss your concerns with your surgeon.
You Can Choose Your Cup Size
Many people believe that with breast augmentation you can transform your B cup into a D cup. This is not necessarily true. Your body, implant placement, and implant projection will all impact the final size and shape of your breasts. Rather than focusing on your cup size, we recommend that you undergo a breast augmentation that attains your aesthetic goals and looks natural and proportionate to your body.
Any Surgeon Can Perform Breast Augmentation Surgery
While in theory, anyone with a medical degree can perform breast augmentation surgery, you definitely shouldn’t let them. Always choose a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform any cosmetic or plastic surgery enhancement. A surgeon who is board certified in plastic surgery has proven they have undergone extended education in the field and have passed a series of exams that demonstrated their skills. A board-certified plastic surgeon will better understand your anatomy and the techniques required to provide you with amazing results.
For more information on breast augmentation surgery, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Austin. You can call our office at 503.561.7000 or contact us online.