Oct 19, 2017

Trick or Treat: The Myths and Misconceptions about Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure, with almost 300,000 women undergoing breast augmentation in the U.S. in 2016, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). This includes silicone gel, saline, and other newer structured implants, such as gummy bear implants. There are many mistruths and misconceptions surrounding breast augmentation surgery and implants that can produce fear in patients and potential patients alike.

Here are some of the most common myths and misconceptions surrounding breast augmentation surgery:

Myth: Women can choose what bra cup size they want.
The goal of breast augmentation surgery is to create the most natural-looking results that leave the patient satisfied and fulfill their desire for fuller breasts. There is a wide range of possible results from breast augmentation surgery due largely to the amount of types and sizes of breasts implants currently available; however, there is a realistic range that a patient should fall within. It’s important to consider the size of the patient, their weight, their current breasts, the size and weight of the implants themselves, and the effect these implants will have on a patient’s body. Bigger is not always better when it comes to breast implants!

Myth: Implants need to be replaced after 10 years.
Breast implants, like many prosthetics, are not intended to last forever; however there is no “best by” date on them either. The most common reasons implants need to be replaced include rupture, leakage, or capsular contracture, a complication involving the scar tissue surrounding the breast implant. The longer a patient has implants the higher the chance that they could leak or rupture but there is no hard and fast rule that implants must be replaced after 10 years. The best course of action is to have regular follow-ups with your doctor that include breast exams, mammograms, sonograms, or MRIs to detect any issues with the implants or breasts.

Myth: Breast implants cause autoimmune diseases.
It’s not uncommon to read a news story in the media or hear a second or third-hand account of a patient who developed a disease or health problem as a result of their implants. There is no scientific evidence that this is true. Hundreds of thousands of women with implants have participated in studies to debase the stories of systemic or autoimmune disease or the risk of breast cancer in patients with breast implants. There has been recent findings of a rare type of lymphoma called Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma that has been associated with textured implants. This is rare and highly treatable.

Myth: Implants are dangerous during breastfeeding.
The average age of a breast augmentation patient is somewhere in their 20s or 30s. Many of these patients come to us with questions about the potential risks surrounding breastfeeding and breast implants. Studies show there is no potential medical risk for babies breastfeeding by women with saline or silicone breast implants.

If you have questions about breast augmentation surgery, or any plastic or cosmetic surgical procedure, contact us today to discuss your questions and concerns.