Summary: Breast augmentation remains one of the most popular among all cosmetic procedures for women, but it’s also one of the most misunderstood. There are many misconceptions surrounding breast implants, particularly silicone implants. Here are four important facts that will shed light on some of the biggest myths about breast augmentation.
1. They Feel Like Natural Breast Tissue
Contrary to the belief that implants always look fake, the gel inside silicone implants is very soft, and looks and feels more like real breast tissue compared to saline. The cohesive nature of the silicone gel allows silicone implants to blend in well with surrounding tissue, and they are rarely obvious or visible through the skin. This is one reason they’re chosen by nearly two-thirds of women over their saline counterparts, which can sometimes have a rippled appearance or visible edges.
2. Your Results Can Range from Subtle to Dramatic
Silicone breast implants have suffered from a reputation that they always look too big and too obvious. The fact that most women opted for a very large (often unnatural) implant size when silicone implants were introduced in the 1970s is largely to blame for this stereotype, and the “bigger is always better” mindset of the 1980s didn’t help much either.
The truth is, silicone implants are available in a variety of sizes and profiles, allowing women to choose the specific look they desire. If you want large, voluptuous breasts, you can choose a larger, high-profile implant to achieve a more obviously augmented look. To get a more natural-looking result that will complement and blend with your body’s proportions, opt for a smaller implant with a low to moderate profile.
Sometimes, women have a vision of the look they want to achieve, but they have a hard time knowing exactly what combination of implant size and profile will give them that result. These days, plastic surgeons have many helpful innovations at their disposal to help you choose the implants that will give you your ideal silhouette. Your surgeon may suggest the use of sizers or even 3D breast implant imaging to help take the guesswork out of choosing your implant size, offering an element of reassuring predictability to your results.
3. They’re Not Hazardous to Your Health
One of the most persistent myths surrounding silicone implants concerns their safety, particularly with regards to leaks or ruptures. In the unlikely event of a faulty implant or damage to the implant, the cohesive nature of the gel causes the silicone to stay intact and not leak into the body. Modern silicone implants are FDA approved for cosmetic use in women over the age of 22 and have an excellent track record of safety. In fact, modern silicone implants are some of the most studied medical devices ever. The safety profile of silicone implants, in addition to their natural look and feel, makes them a more popular choice these days than saline implants.
4. They Won’t Prevent Breastfeeding
Women who plan to get pregnant in the future sometimes worry that getting breast implants will affect their ability to breastfeed successfully. In reality, the ability of a woman to breastfeed is largely determined by factors that have nothing to do with breast augmentation. Some women who don’t have implants are unable to nurse because they naturally have a low milk supply for health reasons or genetic predispositions. In contrast, many moms with silicone breast implants enjoy a pleasant breastfeeding experience without any problems or complications. The idea that silicone implants could impact breastfeeding or your baby is just another misconception that needs to be corrected.