Five Breast Augmentation Myths

By Dr. James White

Breast augmentation has been around for years now, becoming the most popular plastic surgery to date. With its dominance in the market, much gossip and misinformation has surrounded the procedure. During our consultations with prospective breast enhancement patients, we spend much time clarifying myth from truth and educating our patients. We wanted to take the time to address some of the most common misconceptions we encounter.

1. Bigger Breasts Equate to Better Cleavage

While breast implants do facilitate an increase in breast size, this does not necessarily translate into enhanced cleavage. Unfortunately, cleavage is not solely determined on breast size alone but also on the distance between the two breasts and the width of the chest. Your chances for enhanced cleavage are better if your breasts are inherently close in distance. If the distance between the two breasts is significant, attaining cleavage by artificial means will be more difficult.

2. You Can Ditch “Granny Bras”

One of the most exciting aspects of breast augmentation surgery is shopping for a new wardrobe. While you may be tempted to abandon all of those “granny bras” in exchange for skimpier, sexier bras… think again. While you can flaunt your lacy bras on special occasions, augmented breasts need support just like natural breasts . Although rare, breast implants can become displaced and descend to a lower position on the chest. Also known as “bottoming out”, this occurs when there is not enough support to properly hold the weight of the breast implant in proper position. The best way to avoid sagging of the implants is by wearing properly fitted, supportive bras…especially when exercising.

3. You cannot breastfeed with breast implants

This myth is often one of the biggest deterrents for women desiring breast implants who also plan to have children in the future. While it is important to express your future breastfeeding plans with your breast augmentation surgeon, in most cases, breast implants do not interfere with a woman’s ability to breastfeed. While implants may make breast engorgement more likely,years of research have concluded breast implants have little to no effect on breastfeeding success. However, incisions placed around the areola (peri-areolar) have more of a likelihood to damage surrounding milk ducts than other incision techniques. If your surgeon is aware of your future plans to breastfeed, he may suggest a different incision method; this is why patient-surgeon communication is a must.

4. Breast Augmentation Surgery Requires the Use of General Anesthesia

Anesthesiology has made major strides in the last decade. Gone are the days when every surgical procedure required the use of general anesthesia. At our practice, we use a combination of general anesthesia, local anesthesia and twilight sedation on our breast augmentation patients. Depending on the case, anesthesia choice of techniques are completed by Anesthesia personnel. Not only does this result in less safety hazards to the patient. It also allows for lower surgical costs to the patient.

5. Silicone implants are not safe

In 1992, the FDA removed silicone breast implants from the market out of suspicion that leaking silicone could cause connective tissue disorders, autoimmune diseases and cancer. After fourteen years of silicone implant research and an additional seven years of market use, silicone breast implants have become the go-to material. Different from liquid silicone implants of the 1960’s-1990’s, modern silicone implants are comprised of a cohesive gel. Often referred to as “gummy bear implants”, they are so durable that rupture rates are practically negligible. In fact, 72 percent of the implants used in breast augmentation surgery today are silicone. Not only have silicone implants proven to be safe, they allow for a much more natural look and feel than saline implants. For more information; please contact our office…Advanced Surgical Concepts (423) 648-4011 or check out our before and after gallery

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