Summary: Millions of women around the world get breast implants every year, making it one of the most popular cosmetic procedures globally. Given the popularity of breast augmentation, many people think that they know all there is to know about it. However, the contrary is often true, as many people are confused as to the real facts about breast implants. Let’s shed some light on the five most common misconceptions about breast augmentation.
1. All Breast Augmentation Patients Are Young
When people think of breast augmentation, it’s not uncommon to conjure up an image of a young woman who hopes to enhance her figure with implants. Although many women in their twenties and thirties seek out this procedure, it may surprise you to know that there is virtually no age limit. Factors such as pregnancy and the aging process can cause breasts to lose their shape and sag. Each year, women well into their fifties and sixties undergo breast augmentation to restore volume and youthfulness to their breasts. Healthy individuals regardless of age can be candidates for breast augmentation.
2. You Can’t Nurse After Breast Augmentation
One of the most common misconceptions about augmentation is that implants impede a woman’s ability to breastfeed. The breast tissue and muscle involved in breast augmentation shouldn’t impact the milk ducts. Most women who undergo breast augmentation are able to nurse their babies without problem.
There are a number of variables to each augmentation surgery, including location of the incision and implant placement. Avoiding the periareolar incision and opting for a submuscular placement of the implant can greatly reduce any possible interference with breastfeeding. You can discuss your options with your surgeon for better understanding.
3. Breast Implants Always Look Fake
Breast implants come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and materials. Some women prefer implants that provide a more dramatic appearance. However, many women choose implants that will offer much more subtle results. Part of the implant selection process involves choosing a size that works well with a woman’s individual anatomy. Women interested in the most natural looking breast augmentation results may benefit from submuscular placement of silicone implants, although each patient’s natural anatomy must be taken into consideration as well. It’s true that some breast implants appear artificial, but there are just as many that look just like the real thing.
4. Implants Need to Be Changed Every Decade
When it comes to breast implants, there’s no expiration date. It’s not necessary to replace breast implants every 10 years unless you experience an implant issue. Implants only need to be changed if a problem occurs, such as capsular contracture or implant rupture. Some women may choose to update their appearance by switching the size of their implant or by undergoing a breast lift to raise a sagging bust line. Women who experience no issues may enjoy the same implants for twenty years or more.
5. You Can Get Better Cleavage from Implants
Believe it or not, cleavage is not due to the size of a woman’s breasts, but how close or far apart they are on the body. Women whose anatomical structure includes wide-set breasts will not necessarily improve their cleavage through augmentation surgery. Although implants can increase breast size, they cannot change your natural anatomy. Implants are placed in the pocket of the breast, and the breasts’ position on the chest is immovable. A good push-up bra may be the best tool for creating better cleavage.