If you are considering breast augmentation it is important to research all possible options and be aware of the myths that surround the procedure.
We take a look at some of the most common misconceptions and help set the record straight!
1. Silicone implants are not safe
Silicone gel-filled breast implants are one of the most studied medical devices; their safety and effectiveness have researched for decades in both the United States and Europe. Silicone is considered one of the more biocompatible materials.
In Australia, silicone gel-filled implants implants are regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), and have been registered on the Australian Registry of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) since 2000. They have also been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
2. Breast implants feel unnaturally hard
These days there’s a wide range of different breast implants, shapes, sizes and textures. Modern day breast augmentation is all about natural looking breasts – gone are the days of rock-hard, noticeable implants. An experienced and skilled surgeon will ensure a tailor-made breast implant for each patient to offer the most natural looking and feeling result possible.
3. Women with implants can’t breastfeed
There is no medical evidence to show that breast implants interfere with breast feeding. The ability to breastfeed successfully varies in all women with or without breast implants.
4. Implants make it difficult to detect breast cancer
It is recommended that all women regularly self-examine their breast for lumps and changes and have an annual examination by a doctor.
Mammography is more difficult for women with breast implants but is well practiced by radiologists. Patients should inform radiologists of breast implants prior to examination.
5. Breast augmentation is a painful surgery that requires a lot of time off work and downtime
Every patient will tolerate pain in a different way. This is taken into account by surgeons, who prescribe appropriate pain medication before, during and after surgery.
The length of recovery time also differs from patient to patient, although most breast augmentation patients are mobile and able to take care of themselves within around two days after surgery. Most are able to return to work within five to seven days. Patients are encouraged to commence a slow walking routine two days after surgery in order to help limit swelling, and are advised to avoid vigorous exercise for at least two weeks.
6. Breast augmentation scars are obvious
Breast implants are inserted through small incisions made either in the crease under the breast, under the arm, around the nipple or through the naval. In the majority of cases, most scars fade to virtually nothing over time.
The surgeon will recommend the most appropriate incision type and placement for each patient in order to minimise visible scarring and maximise outcomes and the patient’s personal preferences.
7. Everyone can tell when a woman has breast implants
The term ‘breast augmentation’ was once synonymous with large, obviously fake breasts that were often disproportionate to the patient’s build. In recent times, breast augmentation trends have increasingly favoured natural-looking enlargements that balance a woman’s figure.
It is important to choose an experienced surgeon who will not only consider a patient’s desires but also take into account her height, weight and natural breast size and shape. Choosing an appropriate implant and positioning it correctly are key to achieving a natural-looking result.
8. Implants make the breasts sag earlier
Breasts sag due to gravity weight and the elastin and collagen of the skin – all factors governed by the ageing process. A natural breast of the same size and weight will sag just as fast as an implant.
It is important to wear a good quality supportive and well-fitted bra and to not assume that breast implants make a bra unnecessary.
9. Breast implants don’t need to be replaced
On average, the majority of implants will last somewhere between 10 years and beyond.