Despite being one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures around, there are still a lot of myths and misconceptions regarding breast implants. If you are considering this surgical procedure, but are still unsure if it is right for you, you might want to take a moment to find out if any of these perpetuated myths and misconceptions are factoring into your decision-making process.
We have compiled a list of some of the most common myths and misconceptions about breast implants as well as the facts that debunk them:
- All implants must be replaced after 10 years: While breast implants are prosthetic devices and not designed to last forever, there is no rule that requires replacement or removal after hitting the 10-year mark. Removal or replacement should only be considered if complications occur, such as leakage and capsular contracture. A capsular contracture occurs when an abnormal scar forms around the implant, accompanied with pain and hardening in the breast. It is typically a progressive condition that results in distortion of the breast and displacement of the implant. Leaks and capsular contractures can occur at any time following the surgery, but generally, the chances are higher as more time passes. With routine follow-ups and breast exams, issues with implants can be detected, allowing proper response time for therapeutic intervention, if necessary.
- Breast implants cause autoimmune diseases: In the past, there have been a few anecdotal reports that received a substantial amount of attention regarding breast implants and systemic or autoimmune diseases. However, scientific studies involving hundreds of thousands of women have refuted these claims. All implants that are currently available in the United States, including silicone gel, saline, and structured saline implants have been cleared and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Previously, implants that were used in the 1960s had not undergone the same extensive testing or data collection and, as such, did not live up to the same safety standards as the current generation of implants.
- Implants pose a danger during breastfeeding: Many of the women who undergo breast augmentation are in their 20s and 30s and, due to their young age, are often concerned about the potential risks their implants might pose to a baby. To the contrary, studies have shown that there are actually no medical risks for babies who are born to or breastfed by women with saline or silicone breast implants. The size and shape of the breasts might change as a result of the hormonal effects caused by pregnancy, but there are no inherent risks in breast augmentation that would make it hazardous to a future pregnancy. In some cases, there might be a marginal risk that nipple sensation might be affected, but there are other techniques a plastic surgeon can use to minimize any potential interference.
- Women can choose any cup size: Hundreds of types of sizes of breasts are available for women who are interested in augmenting their breasts. That said, for the most natural looking results, the chosen implant should match an individual’s own breast dimensions and characteristics, taking certain factors like diameter and position on the chest wall into account. If a surgeon were to place too large an implant under a small and narrow breast, it would likely result in an implant with edges that are visible at the top or sides of the breast. When it comes to breast implant selection, bigger is not necessarily always better.
- Any plastic surgeon can perform a breast augmentation surgery: For many, breast augmentation can provide not only physical benefits, but emotional ones as well. A successful breast augmentation can improve a woman’s self-confidence and boost self-esteem. However, it is crucial that you choose only a board-certified plastic surgeon. Why is this important? Only board-certified plastic surgeons have completed years of rigorous training and passed written and oral exams to become certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). While breast augmentation might seem like a simple operation, it is actually a very comprehensive process that takes time and skill to perform. In fact, even after the surgery is over, follow-ups and attentive management of a patient is vital to address any potential issues that might arise. This is not a procedure you want to entrust to someone who has not received sufficient training.
Breast Augmentation in Las Vegas
At Smith Plastic Surgery, our board-certified plastic surgeon is considered one of the most experienced and well-trained plastic surgeons in the western United States. If you are unhappy with your cup size and are interested in breast augmentation surgery, working with the best will help ensure that you receive the best results and achieve the look you desire. You can be confident in Dr. Smith’s ability to make certain that you are satisfied.
Contact our office today at (702) 838-2455 to get started on becoming the best version of yourself! If you live far from the Las Vegas area, we can arrange an online consultation.