Remember when you were back in school and one of your friends told you that if you made a face in the cold, it would freeze like that? No one knows where that myth came from, but it’s definitely not true. It’s the same with some of the weird myths that surround breast implants and breast augmentation. It’s hard to say where they came from, exactly, but it’s obvious that they’re definitely fiction, not fact.
You Can Skip the Bra With Implants
You’d think that increasing your cup size would necessitate wearing a bra more, not less. But for some reason, the myth persists that you can skip wearing a bra once you get implants. The thinking seems to be that implants, particularly implants placed under the muscle, act as some sort of scaffolding, providing the same support that you’d get from a classic underwire.
That’s just not the case. If you want to skip the first class ticket to droop-town, you’d better find a new bra to wear after surgery.
There is, of course, one exception to this rule. Your surgeon might recommend not wearing a bra for about six weeks after your surgery. You want to give the implants time to settle into place. Wearing a bra while you’re recovering can interfere with that process.
You Can Always Tell When a Woman Has Implants
Admittedly, sometimes you can tell that a woman has had implants. Her breasts might look unnaturally large or might be in a position that’s just not quite natural. But you can’t always tell that a woman with breast implants has them. It all has to do with the skill level of the surgeon and with your own style preferences. There are some women who want that “fake” look, just as there are women who are going for a more natural-looking enhancement.
You Need to Replace Your Implants Every Decade
This next one is a myth that does have some basis in fact, but then went on to become a myth with a will and life of its own. Breast implants aren’t necessarily designed to last forever and might start to wear down after about 10 years. But that doesn’t mean that you automatically need to schedule a breast implant exchange procedure once every 10 years. It just means that you need to be aware of the fact that yours might need to be replaced every so often.
You’ll Pack on the Pounds After Breast Augmentation
Breast implants do have weight. Getting implants might make you put on a pound or two, depending on the overall size of the implants. But you won’t wake up after breast augmentation a full 10 pounds heavier. Nor should you worry about breast implants increasingly the likelihood of you gaining weight. As long as you stick to a healthy diet and exercise routine, you’ll be fine.
You Can’t Get Pregnant if You Have Implants
Breast augmentation and implants shouldn’t have any effect on your ability to get pregnant. While you don’t want to schedule breast surgery when you’re pregnant (and a surgeon would likely refuse to perform the surgery on a pregnant woman), getting implants shouldn’t prevent pregnancy in the future. Nor will having implants pose any risk to a developing fetus if you do end up pregnant.
There is one issue that many would-be moms are perhaps legitimately concerned about and that’s the effect implants have on your ability to breastfeed.
Generally speaking, breast implants shouldn’t interfere with breastfeeding. There are cases where the milk ducts can be cut during the surgery, but that is rare. If you want to have children and breastfeed them after getting implants, it’s a good idea to discuss your concerns with a surgeon. He can perform the augmentation surgery and implant placement in a way that minimizes any impact on your ability to breastfeed later on.
One of the best ways to ensure a great outcome from breast augmentation or with any breast surgery is to work with a board-certified surgeon who specializes in breast procedures. In Houston, Texas, that surgeon is Dr. Paul Vitenas. Dr. Vitenas has nearly 30 years of experienced and has been rated a top doctor several times. To learn more about the facts of breast surgery, call 281-484-0088 to schedule a consultation today.