Whether it’s an augmentation, reduction, breast implant removal or exchange, or a breast lift, breast procedures are among the most popular plastic surgeries in the US. It’s little surprise then that these procedures also happen to have a considerable number of myths swirling about them.
It doesn’t matter if you want to increase or reduce the size of your breasts or just give a saggy pair some lift, someone’s created some piece of fiction about it. Let’s take a look at a few of the most common myths about breast procedures.
Breast Implants Always Look Fake
Blame it on the 1990’s, but a lot of people associate breast implants with fake-looking breasts. While some women might actually prefer the Barbie look, it’s not in demand among the majority of women. Avoiding a fake look if you’re considering breast augmentation is actually not that difficult.
It starts with picking the best surgeon for the job. A plastic surgeon who’s board certified and who has experience performing lots of breast augmentation and implant surgeries will know how to position the implants to create a natural look.
The shape, size and position of the implant also affects the final look. Implants placed beneath the muscle look more natural than those placed above the muscle. As a bonus, placing the implants beneath the muscle reduces the risk for certain complications, such as capsular contracture.
You Can’t Undo the Results of Breast Procedures
Having any type of breast procedure performed is a commitment. You’ll need to set aside time to heal from surgery, as well as time to undergo the procedure and time to plan for it. But, if you absolutely hate your results afterwards, you aren’t necessarily stuck with them forever.
While you might not get your old breasts back 100%, breast implant replacement or revision can allow you to adjust your results. It might be that you actually want smaller breasts, for example, or that you prefer your original size. There might be some changes in the shape of your breasts from a surgery, but for the most part, you won’t be stuck with breasts that you hate for the rest of your life.
If You Have Large Breasts, Losing Weight Will Shrink Them
Some women do notice that their breasts get smaller when they loose weight. But weight loss won’t bring about the dramatic changes or the improvement in quality of life you’ll get when you have a breast reduction.
That’s because weight loss doesn’t affect the size of your breast tissue. You might lose some fat from the breast area, but you won’t see a decrease in actual breast tissue.
Not every woman with large breasts needs a reduction. Liposuction can be an option for some, for example. But if you have a lot of breast tissue, the only way to minimize or reduce it is with a breast surgery.
You Won’t Be Able To _____ After Breast Surgery
Fill in the blank with the thing you’ve heard you can’t do after breast augmentation, breast reduction or a breast lift. For example, some people insist that breast augmentation prevents you from breastfeeding. That’s not true for the most part. Unless there is damage to the milk ducts, you’ll be able to breastfeed, even with implants.
Another myth is that you can’t get pregnant once you’ve got implants. Having breast augmentation has no impact on your ability to get pregnant or to safely deliver a baby. The only thing worth noting is that pregnancy and breastfeeding might change the way your breasts look, so you might want to consider a new procedure after you’ve finished having children.
No Breast Procedures Are Covered By Insurance
OK, admittedly, insurance isn’t going to cover breast augmentation surgery and probably won’t cover a breast lift. But it’s not uncommon for insurance companies to offer coverage for breast reduction surgeries.
That’s because for many women, breast reductions are medically necessary. The weight and size of their breasts leads to severe health problems, such as back pain and strain on the shoulders or neck. It’s a good idea to check with your insurance provider before you consult with a surgeon about breast reduction to see if they offer coverage and what steps you need to take to get that coverage.
You Can’t Have a Breast Lift On Its Own
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is very often performed along with another breast procedure. But that doesn’t mean it has to be performed with breast augmentation or reduction. You might be perfectly happy with the size of your breasts, but wish that they weren’t so droopy or saggy. A breast lift repositions your breasts so that they are perkier and higher on the chest.
Some misinformed people will try to tell you that a breast lift is the same as breast augmentation or the same as a breast reduction. That’s not true either. Although a breast lift can make your breasts look smaller or larger, it really has no direct impact on their size. If you want larger breasts, you need augmentation. If you want smaller breasts, you need reduction. If you just want perkier breasts, a breast lift is for you.
No matter what type of procedure you want, it’s important to see a surgeon who specializes in surgeries of the breast. Dr. Paul Vitenas is a Houston-based plastic surgeon who’s been voted the best breast surgeon in the area for several years in a row. He’s available to answer your questions and to help you decide which procedure is best for you. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Vitenas, call 281-484-0088 today.