Just as we promised in our previous blog, we are bringing you more information regarding breast augmentation. Today we are highlighting some of the myths you might have heard about surgically increasing your breast size.
Because we do not like the idea of even writing out a false statement, we will phrase each of the current myths in terms of a question.
1. Is it true that breast augmentation is becoming unpopular?
There is a growing impression that breast augmentation has become less popular. However, this is far from true. Cosmetic surgeons performed 305,856 breast enlargement procedures between 2014 and 2015. This cosmetic procedure remains steadfastly in the top five most requested procedures, year after year.
What has changed, perhaps, and what might have caused the misconception, is that the results appear more natural than they did in the old days. Likewise, many patients are choosing smaller implants than their mothers or grandmothers would have in previous generations. Patients are listening to the aesthetic guidance of their surgeons, who champion a natural appearance both for beauty and health.
2.Is it true that a woman with breast implants cannot nurse her child?
This is a very commonly spread myth about breast implants. Sometimes, women express the idea that dangerous chemicals will be passed to the baby. Also, some fear that they will completely lose the ability to breast feed.
Both of these myths about implants are unsupported by medical evidence or research. Keep in mind that, with or without implants, many women find difficulty breastfeeding.
The implants themselves do not prevent it. Some experts say, “It depends on the kind of surgery you had, but most approaches are compatible with breastfeeding. Incisions made under the fold of the breast or through the armpit shouldn’t cause any trouble. A “smile” incision around the areola increases your risk of having difficulty breast feeding. ”
Dr. Stephen Greenberg, a board certified plastic surgeon and the author of the book “A Little Nip, a Little Tuck, stated, “Women with breast implants don’t understand and think that they won’t be able to breast feed and are surprised when they realize they can.”
He added, “The overwhelming majority of women who have breast implants can breast feed whether they’re using silicone or saline implants,” said Greenberg.
He explained, “If you avoid a nipple incision and instead put the implants under the breast crease – a procedure called an inframammary incision – or if you put the implants under the muscle of the chest wall, the majority of patients do not have a problem breast feeding.”
3. Is it true that breasts with implants will just look fake, no matter what?
Absolutely untrue. Never before have women had so many options for the size, shape and softness of breast implants. Today, doctors can customize your fit and find what is best for your body size and goals.
Board certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Sheila Nazarian stated, “The general rule that I like to follow is, if the end result is 50% breast and 50% implant, you will still have a natural appearance.” For more information on shopping for breast implants, check out our previous article from 2015.
4. Is it true that breast implants will increase a woman’s chance of getting breast cancer?
This is a relatively new myth. Rest assured, “The Institute of Medicine (IOM) found evidence that breast implants do not cause breast cancer or the recurrence of breast cancer.” However, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery states, “It’s still essential to undergo routine screening for breast cancer — breast self-exams, mammograms and clinical breast exams — just as you would if you didn’t have breast implants.”
Today we have shared only four of the dozens of myths surrounding breast augmentation surgery. Orlando Cosmetic Surgery advises you to discuss your questions in detail with your cosmetic surgeon before you finalize your decision concerning any type of cosmetic surgery.