Many people picture breast augmentation first when they hear “plastic surgery.” This popular body sculpting procedure is still the #1 choice in America, and one of the most heavily researched online.
However, one problem resulting from independent patient research can be stumbling across misinformation and myths.
Consider the following myths busted.
1. Breast Augmentation Always Looks Fake
Some remember a time when breast augmentation results appeared somewhat generic and “less than natural.” Not only have techniques evolved dramatically in recent years, but the variety of natural-looking and dimensionally diverse breast implant options have changed results for the better.
Today, it’s not uncommon for extremely subtle enhancements to both look and feel entirely real—no more cookie-cutter cleavage.
Enhancements are now customized, taking into account the individual’s body shape, breast measurements, and lifestyle. Talk with your surgeon about differences in projection and materials that mimic real breasts.
2. Breast Augmentation Recovery is Long and Painful
It’s fair to say that pain is subjective, and everyone has a different tolerance. However, breast implants surgeries today are described rarely as “extremely painful,” nor do they usually require a lengthy recovery period.
Incisions will be sensitive while healing and placement of implants under the muscle can cause a temporarily bruised and tight feeling chest muscles.
Thankfully, most patients tolerate the recovery quite well. Pain medication is prescribed to be taken as needed, and most inflammation or discomfort resolves by two weeks.
3. Breasts Feel Numb After Breast Augmentation
Many women are concerned about the loss of breast sensation because they’ve read that this effect is a common problem. Luckily, it’s rare for a person to lose all breast or nipple sensation after breast implant insertion.
Depending on the incision route and the amount of inflammation your breasts endure, you could experience some numbness temporarily. The nerves which are stretched or damaged heal over several months, and sensation often returns while healing.
4. You Can’t Breastfeed After Breast Augmentation
This myth is pervasive- you don’t need to research for very long before coming across this warning. However, augmentation surgery doesn’t prevent breastfeeding babies. This is particularly true for the IMF/ under breast incision.
There are incision methods, particularly for breast lift or reduction procedures, which have a low risk of obstructing milk ducts. Keep in mind that not all women are naturally able to breastfeed. Let Dr. Landis know if you have concerns about your future ability to breastfeed.
5. Breast Implants Require Regular Replacement
Today’s breast implants are incredibly well-constructed medical devices, meant to withstand long term use. You don’t need to replace your implants unless you experience an issue with them. Many patients have newer generation breast implants for more than 20 years, with no problems reported yet.
The most common concern for large saline implants is leakage or rupture over time. Silicone implants rupture less often, though the gummy gel they contain doesn’t flow like liquid. While ruptures aren’t considered a health emergency, in the rare case this occurs, the implants should be replaced.
6. Saline Breast Implants are Better Than Silicone
Saline implants are still a preferred choice for some patients; however, silicone cohesive gel implants are soft, supple, and resist rippling more than saline. Either type is available in custom measurements and volumes to suit your taste and body type.
Only FDA approved, safe breast implants are used at Dr. Landis’s Minneapolis cosmetic clinic.
What Can Breast Augmentation Do for You?
Increasing breast size and improving their shape, symmetry, and proportions are all possible through breast augmentation surgery with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George H. Landis.
We’re pleased to see you for a personalized consultation to discuss your concerns and body reshaping goals. We’ll be happy to book your virtual consultation and answer questions about breast augmentation that you may have!