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Breast augmentation: myths and realities

Updated: Aug 4, 2023

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed globally to enhance the size and shape of a woman's breasts. However, many myths and misconceptions have emerged regarding this procedure. Here are some common breast augmentation myths:

  1. Myth: I cannot have breast augmentation because I cannot accept the idea of foreign bodies in me. Reality: Fat-grafting breast augmentation, also referred to as autologous fat transfer or natural breast augmentation, is increasingly popular. The procedure does not require implants at all. The plastic surgeon would harvest a patient's own fat cells from other areas of the body, such as the abdomen or thighs, and then transfer them to the breasts to increase their volume and shape. This method offers a natural alternative for individuals who have concerns about foreign bodies like implants. The scar is also significantly smaller than implant augmentation.

  2. Myth: Breast implants look fake and obvious. Reality: Modern breast augmentation techniques and advancements in implant technology have led to more natural-looking results. Skilled surgeons can help patients achieve a natural appearance that complements their body shape and size.

  3. Myth: Breast implants need to be replaced every 10 years. Reality: There is no specific timeframe for breast implant replacement. While implants may need to be replaced at some point due to normal wear and tear or complications, many women can keep their implants for more than a decade without any issues.

  4. Myth: Breast implants can increase the risk of breast cancer. Reality: Multiple studies have shown no direct link between breast implants and an increased risk of breast cancer. Breast implants may, however, interfere with mammogram readings, making it important to inform the radiologist about the implants for proper screening. It should be noted that certain types of breast implants have been associated with Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).

  5. Myth: Breast implants will affect breastfeeding. Reality: While certain techniques do have potential risk of affecting breastfeeding, in our experience, most ladies with breast implants can still successfully breastfeed. However, it's essential to discuss your desire to breastfeed with your surgeon to ensure the appropriate incision and implant placement are used.

  6. Myth: Breast augmentation is only for young women. Reality: Breast augmentation candidates vary in age, and there is no specific age limit for the procedure. As long as a person is in good health and meets the criteria, they can be considered for breast augmentation.

  7. Myth: The recovery from breast augmentation is extremely painful and lengthy. Reality: While there will be some discomfort and swelling after the procedure, advancements in surgical techniques and pain management have significantly improved the recovery process. Many patients find that they can return to their daily activities within a week.

  8. Myth: You cannot undergo breast augmentation after having children. Reality: Pregnancy and breastfeeding can significantly change the appearance of the breasts. Indeed, in our experience, 1-2 years after completing a family is a common timepoint for ladies to consider breast augmentation procedures to restore volume and contour changes from pregnancy and breastfeeding.

  9. Myth: Breast implants are guaranteed for a lifetime. Reality: While breast implants are durable, they are not guaranteed to last a lifetime. The longevity of implants can vary depending on factors like implant type, lifestyle, and individual circumstances.

  10. Myth: Breast implants will result in large unnatural breasts. Reality: Breast implants come in various sizes and shapes, allowing patients to choose an option that suits their desired outcome and body proportions. In our own experience, compared to the past, women are going for slightly smaller implants these days achieve more natural results. Some women would also opt to undergo fat-grafting procedures after implants to improve the overall contour for more natural results.

Remember that each individual's experience with breast augmentation can vary, and it's crucial to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to address any concerns, debunk myths, and make informed decisions about the procedure.


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