While breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic procedure – over 300,000 were performed last year – urban myths about implants are still often perceived as the truth. Did you think any of these were true?
1) Saline is safer than silicone.
Silicone implants were off the market for several years, but in 2007, the FDA gave them their full approval. Today, silicone breast implants are considered completely safe (they were not found to cause the medical problems first attributed to them in 1991). Since re-entering the market, studies have shown silicone implants are less likely to leak than their saline counterparts.
2) Under the muscle will make implants look smaller.
Under the muscle can make implants look more natural, but never smaller. Either way implants are done, an experienced surgeon can still deliver your desired breast size. Deciding placement will depend on your specific breast anatomy, implant size, and your desired look after augmentation.
3) You cannot breast feed after you have had a breast augmentation.
For most women, breastfeeding after receiving breast implants is absolutely possible. As long as mammary glands have adequate blood supply and room to grow, they will produce breast milk. While it is recommended that implants be placed under the breast crease, instead of through a nipple incision, anyone who has had breast augmentation may have the option of breastfeeding. The best bet: discuss your goal to breastfeed with your physician.
4) Breast implants have a 10 year lifespan.
There is no magic number representing the lifespan of your implants. As long as your breast implants remain healthy, without any leakage, there is no reason to replace them at their decade mark. Studies show, however, that up to 25% of all women who have breast augmentation will replace their implants by the 10 year mark. Physical changes (such as age and childbirth) or changes in personal preference (the desire for a different size breast), often lead many women back into the cosmetic surgeon’s office.
5) The bigger your breasts, the better.
Your age, body type, and available breast tissue, will determine what size implant is best for you. Remember, going too large ups the risk of back problems and eventual sagging. Listen to your cosmetic surgeon’s advice, try on a variety of implant sizers – under your own clothes – and look through many before/after photos before making your final decision.