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Breast Augmentation: Fact vs. Fiction

Breast Augmentation Facts vs. Fiction

There is a lot of misinformation on the internet about breast augmentation.

If you’re considering this popular procedure, you may be having a hard time distinguishing fact from fiction.

Here we offer you some facts and debunk some myths about breast augmentation surgery.

FICTION: A certain style of implant/surgery is better/worse than all the rest

All breasts are unique – this means that an implant type or procedure style that works for one person may not work as well for you. A surgeon who specializes in breast augmentation knows this and will discuss the most appropriate implant and type of procedure suited to your unique and individual needs.

FACT: It may take some time to heal after a procedure

Augmentation is just like any other surgery, and it will take your body some time to heal and adjust from it. Everyone heals differently, but most people take about two weeks to completely heal their incisions. Depending on how tight your skin is, most breast implants will sit unusually high on the chest immediately following the surgery. It can take several months for the implants to settle and start to take on a more natural appearance.

FICTION: Breast augmentation looks fake or over-sized

Many people think that breast augmentation will always come out looking strange and/or unnatural, but this is far from the truth. Most women undergoing breast augmentation request very natural appearing breasts where they can simply fill out their clothes better without the need for extra support. One significant contributing factor in determining your augmentation results is the doctor that you use. Make sure that your surgeon is qualified and experienced when it comes to cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentation.

FACT: You can still breastfeed after breast augmentation

Patients who hope to one day be mothers generally express concern over whether breast implants will affect breastfeeding. These patients wonder if their breast milk will be “poisoned” or unhealthy for the baby, or whether they’ll be able to produce milk at all. Thankfully, the truth is that most patients have no issues with breastfeeding after breast augmentation. Not a single medical study has shown that breast implants affect a mother’s milk in any fashion. Additionally, breast augmentation surgery is generally done in a way so that it does not affect the glands producing and dispersing milk. If you still have concerns, and you want to ensure the surgery is completed in a way that still allows you to breastfeed, be sure to speak with your doctor prior to the procedure.

FICTION: Implants will always last forever

This is a huge fear for many people, and, while it is possible for an implant to break, rupture, or leak, this happens infrequently. Currently, there is no way to predict if a rupture will occur. In 2014, the number of reported incidents of bursting or rupturing breast implants was at 1%. It’s important to remember that breast implants are not intended to be a lifetime device – if you are considering breast augmentation, you should understand that there is a possibility of requiring surgery again to fix any potential issues your implants may have in the future.