It’s completely normal when you are considering any form of surgery to do some online research about the process and answer concerns. Breast augmentation is no different.
On your searches, you’re likely to come across a fair share of myths that contradict what you’ve read elsewhere – sometimes from people with absolutely no knowledge or experience regarding breast implants.
To separate fact from fiction, this blog post will run through the most popular myths surrounding the breast implant procedure and guide you through what to expect.
All Implants Need to be Replaced After Ten Years
Breast implants don’t come with a set expiration date and there is no indication to routinely replace implants at the 10-year mark. In fact, over 90 percent of women don’t have any problems in this time-frame.
But as with any prosthetic device, breast implants aren’t expected to last forever. The longevity of breast implants is no doubt improving but some reasons for replacement or removal include capsular contraction, rupture, and bottoming out.
Implants are Dangerous for Breastfeeding
Many of those who undergo breast augmentation are concerned about potential risks for their baby should they become pregnant. And one of the most common breast augmentation myths is that implants interfere with breastfeeding. This is false.
Having breast implants doesn’t take away breastfeeding ability and there is also no evidence that breastfeeding with silicone or saline implants is unsafe for your baby.
Silicone Implants are Unsafe
Despite previous concerns that led to the FDA banning silicone implants in 1992, extensive research has shown silicone implants are just as safe as saline. Silicone implants returned to the market in 2006.
However, because silicone implant ruptures are harder to detect than saline, the FDA recommends people to get an MRI every couple of years to make sure the implants are still intact.
While ruptures of saline implants cause the breast will flatten, manufacturers design silicone gel to stay in place after implant rupture, chances are that you may not notice if there is an issue.
You can Choose any Cup Size you Want
Breast implants can’t always be as big as you want. The chest can only accommodate a certain size of implant depending on its width and the elasticity of the skin.
Implants too big for your rib cage will go off to the side or will be too visible under your skin, and the skin’s elasticity dictates the severity of the subsequent stretch marks. By choosing a dramatic change in size can also increase your risk of complications and the likelihood of revision surgeries in the future.
All being said, bigger is not necessarily better. For natural results, implants should match with the patient’s breast dimensions and characteristics.
In your initial consultation, Dr. Egozi will customize your care to suit your individual needs. While the size is ultimately up to you, Dr. Egozi will offer accurate recommendations based on your measurements.
There is a Long Recovery Period
The long period of downtime associated with breast implants is very much a myth. Egozi Plastic Surgery prides itself on attention to detail that minimizes downtime, bruising and discomfort for patients.
Each patient will vary but our usual breast augmentation surgery patient experiences minimal discomfort, returning to normal daily activities and work in 3 – 5 days (unless it is a physically strenuous job).
If you have any other questions regarding breast augmentation, our experts are more than willing to provide you with the answers. To learn more about your breast augmentation and breast implant options in Tampa, Florida, contact Egozi Plastic Surgery Center today to schedule a consultation!