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Breast augmentations are one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. A breast augmentation is a surgical procedure performed to increase the size of a patient’s breasts. It can be referred to as augmentation mammoplasty, a boob job, or a breast aug. Often, patients will decide to have this procedure if they are unhappy with their breast size or if they wish to restore their breast size after significant weight loss or pregnancy. With the popularity of these surgeries increasing, so do the myths surrounding them. Many of these false claims can scare patients away from undergoing this relatively safe procedure. In this article we will debunk some of the most common myths about breast augmentations. We will also give you the facts about this popular cosmetic surgery.

The Results Will Look And Feel Fake

One of the biggest myths surrounding breast augmentations is that your results will look and feel fake. This myth originates from when breast augmentations were first being performed. During the first surgeries, there were not as advanced of technologies or techniques. It was also more “on trend” for implant sizes to be unnaturally large and unproportioned to a patient’s frame.
Now with innovative techniques and other medical advancements, surgeons are able to provide patients with implants that look and feel natural. The types of implants used now are meant to feel like natural breast tissue. There are even ways to see how you will look with certain implant sizes during your consultation. The placement of the implants also effects the appearance and feel of the breast augmentation. Implants now come in multiple shapes and sizes to give patients the most natural results.

Implants Have To Replaced Every Few Years

Many patients believe that implants need to be replaced every 10 years. This fact is untrue. Implants only need to be replaced if there is a specific problem, such as a leak, unusual tenderness or swelling, or a patient becomes unhappy with their implant size. The likelihood of an implant rupturing and beginning to leak is dependent on the type of implant used. Saline implants rupture more often, but still at a low percentage overall. Some patients will decide to change the size of their implants after their body has undergone a transformation, such as pregnancy or breastfeeding to adjust to the changes their breasts have gone through. Many implants do come with a warranty of 10 years from the manufacturer, which may fuel this misconception. This does not mean that the implant will have to be replaced after this time.

You Won’t Be Able To Breastfeed

Having the ability to still breastfeed is a concern for many patients that are considering undergoing a breast augmentation, but are not finished having children. There have been no none risks found for babies that breastfed by women with either saline or silicone implants. However, there is a possibility that nipple sensation may be affected depending on the placement of the incision. Often incisions will be made under the armpit, axillary incision, or below the breast, inframammary incision, to avoid any complications. If breastfeeding is a concern, make sure to discuss this topic with your doctor during your initial consultation to ensure that proper incisions will be made.

Choosing Your Size By Cup Size Is Best

Choosing a natural and comfortable implant size by cup or bra size is not practical. This is because cup sizes vary depending on the manufacturer of the bra. For example, a patient may be one size for brand A and a completely different size for brand B, but both will fit perfectly.
For optimal natural results it is best for a patient’s implant size to be chosen based on their body type and silhouette. Your doctor will consider your weight, height, tissue composition, and body shape to help you choose the perfect implant shape and size. This will ensure that the implants will appear natural and not be too heavy.

Recovery Is Very Painful

Breast augmentations, like any other cosmetic surgery, do require invasive techniques that need healing. The pain and soreness during this recovery process is usually easily managed by medications prescribed by your doctor. The recovery process following a breast augmentation does depend on the patient’s pain tolerance and the placement of the implant. Usually the pain begins to dissipate after the first two weeks. This is also the time when patients are able to return to work. Most patients are able to return back to all of their normal activities within a few weeks of their procedure.
Due to the popularity of breast augmentations, there are plenty of first-hand accounts online that explain other patient’s recovery processes. These can be found on reviews of cosmetic surgery centers or blogs. Often, they express that the results were worth the healing time and that the pain was nowhere near what they thought it would be.

Any Doctor Can Perform This Common Procedure

This is one of the scariest myths about breast augmentations. Although this procedure is very common, it does take a specialist to be able to properly perform this surgery and provide optimal results. A board-certified surgeon with years of training and expertise will be able to give you the results that you desire. This will also minimize your risk of any possible complications. Do your research and find a doctor that has experience, great reviews, and proven results.
Dr. Fadi Constantine is a plastic surgeon that utilizes his training and skills to make his patient’s dreams a reality. He combines art and science to provide the best possible results. During each consultation he looks at what makes a patient unique to give them a customized treatment plan to meet their needs. Dr. Constantine will listen to your desires to understand how to achieve the most natural results. He treats each patient with respect and care.

Are you interested in learning more about breast augmentations? Give our office a call today to schedule a consultation.