TOP 10 MYTHS ABOUT BREAST AUGMENTATION – BUSTED!
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Myth #1: SILICONE IMPLANTS ARE NOT SAFE – FALSE
Silicone gel-filled breast implants are one of the most studied medical devices and decades of research have evaluated their safety and effectiveness. The safety of Silicone-Filled Breast Implants is supported by extensive preclinical testing, U.S. clinical studies and European rupture prevalence data. Silicone is the most bio-compatible material known to man.
In Australia, silicone gel-filled implants are regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, and have been registered on the ARTG since 2000.
They are also approved by the FDA in USA.
MYTH #2: BREAST IMPLANTS FEEL UNNATURALLY HARD – FALSE
While breast implants may sometimes not be as supple as natural breasts, the vast majority of women are extremely satisfied with the results. The type of implant used, the volume of your natural breast tissue, and the possible development of capsular contracture (capsule formation is a normal process when the human body creates scar tissue around any implanted foreign material) all affect how the implanted breast will feel.
MYTH #3: IMPLANTS CAN CAUSE BREAST CANCER AND OTHER DISEASES – FALSE
There is no medical evidence to show that women with breast implants have a higher chance of developing breast cancer or autoimmune diseases.
MYTH #4: I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BREASTFEED WITH IMPLANTS – FALSE
There is no medical evidence to show that breast implants interfere with breast-feeding, and women with breast implants do not risk exposing their breastfed children to excessive amounts of silicone.
The ability to breastfeed successfully varies in all women with or without breast implants.
MYTH #5: IMPLANTS MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO DETECT BREAST CANCER – FALSE
It is recommended that all women (with or without implants) regularly self-examine their breasts for lumps and changes, and have an annual examination by a doctor. In fact, it is believed by many that having implants can make it easier to detect any breast lump!
When undergoing your routine mammogram, just inform the radiologist that you have breast implants so that the mammogram can be modified accordingly.
MYTH #6: BREAST ENLARGEMENT IS A PAINFUL SURGERY THAT REQUIRES A LOT OF TIME OFF WORK AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY – FALSE
Each patient will tolerate pain in a different way. However, you will be prescribed appropriate pain medications following breast surgery.
The length of time it takes to recover from surgery can differ from patient to patient, but most breast enhancement patients are mobile and able to care for themselves within two days of surgery. Most patients are able to return to work within five to seven days. Patients are advised to avoid vigorous exercise for about four weeks, but can otherwise function normally after one to two weeks.
MYTH #7: BREAST ENLARGEMENT SCARS ARE OBVIOUS – FALSE
Breast implants are inserted through a small incision in either the crease under the breast, under the arm, or around the nipple. Dr Dona will recommend the most appropriate incision position for you in order to minimise visible scarring. Ultimately, the aim is to have a scar that is barely visible: only a fine pale line.
MYTH #8: EVERYONE CAN TELL WHEN A WOMAN HAS BREAST IMPLANTS – FALSE
A carefully planned and performed surgical procedure can give a natural appearing result. It is important to choose an experienced surgeon who will not only consider your desires, but take into account your height, weight, and natural breast size and shape. Choosing an appropriate implant and positioning it correctly are the keys to achieving a natural looking result.
MYTH #9: IMPLANTS MAKE THE BREASTS SAG EARLIER – FALSE
Breasts sag due to gravity, weight changes, pregnancy, and with the natural aging process. A natural breast of the same size and weight will sag just as fast as an implant. It is important to always wear a good quality, supportive and well fitted bra. Don’t assume that breast implants mean a bra is no longer required.
MYTH #10: BREAST IMPLANTS NEED TO BE REPLACED REGULARLY – FALSE
No one can guarantee how long breast implants will last. However, contrary to the myth, implants do not have an “expiry date”. How long your implants last will be influenced by the reaction your body has to the implant, the lifestyle you lead and your occupation. Although many women have their implants for many years, they should not be considered lifetime devices. However, if there is no change to the shape of your breasts or impairment to the implant, there is no need to change the implants regardless of how long they have been in the breasts. Of course, we all age and the natural breast volume will change over time and gravity will take its toll (with or without an implant). Therefore, if you want to maintain a full perky youthful breast, then at some stage you may wish to have further surgery.