With breast augmentation counting for about a quarter of all elective plastic surgery procedures in Canada, it’s not surprising that it would come with its share of myths. If you are considering breast implants, read on for these common misconceptions about the procedure. And always meet with a professional to see if increasing your cup size is the right move.
Myth: Breast Implants Look Artificial
Grace Gold, journalist and author of The Boob Job Bible, writes that “even my good friends and family didn’t know I had a breast augmentation” because she had been fooling everyone for years with push-up bras. So what’s the key to a breast augmentation that looks fabulous and real? Choose a plastic surgeon skilled in the procedure, and opt for a natural size increase (no more than two to three cup sizes depending on your frame) that will increase your confidence without looking unnatural.
Myth: Breast Implants Feel Artificial
While breast implants may never feel exactly like the real thing, they are extremely close – just ask your surgeon to place a sample implant in your hand. Rock-hard implants that don’t move are a result of scar tissue buildup known as capsular contraction. Linda Swanson, MD notes that there are things that can be done to reduce the risk of scar tissue, including opting for saline rather than silicone implants, placing them under the muscle, and performing special exercises to maintain softness.
Myth: Silicone Implants Are Dangerous and Cause Cancer
Whether filled with silicone gel or saline, breast implants have been extensively tested and are approved for use by Health Canada. There is absolutely no evidence that they cause cancer or any other diseases.
Myth: Breast Implants Interfere with Breastfeeding
Inform your surgeon that you wish to breastfeed in the future, and he or she will ensure that your incisions do not interfere with the milk-producing ducts (if the implant placement is underneath the muscle, the incisions will be nowhere near this tissue).
Myth: You Can’t Do Strenuous Physical Activity Once You Get Implants
Absolutely untrue. While you will need to take a few weeks off strenuous activities and heavy lifting in the post-operative recovery period, you will soon be able to resume all your previous sports and activities – from bungee jumping to yoga, tubing, and mountain climbing.
Myth: Breast Implants Need to Be Replaced Every 10 Years
Well, if you opt for breast augmentation surgery, chances are you will need to replace the implants at some point in the future, as they do not have a lifetime warranty. But implants only need to be replaced if a problem occurs. Many women find their implants are still going strong 10, 20, and even more years after the initial surgery.
Still Trying to Separate Fact from Fiction?
Given the fact that the popularity of plastic surgery has increased over the last couple of years, there is bound to be numerous misconceptions about the procedures. If you’re considering breast implants, you should not rely on the internet for answers. Instead, you should talk to a qualified plastic surgeon. At Royal Plastic Surgery, we are committed to helping you achieve your new breast shape by providing an informative consultation with Dr. Dickie.
Contact us today for more information on breast augmentation and see how we can help you achieve your desired look!