According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 300,000 American women chose to undergo breast augmentation surgery in 2012. This is a 45 percent increase from 2000. Although the procedure is one of the most popular performed, common misconceptions still abound, a few of which we have detailed below:
- C-cup is standard – Some women think that having a proportional body means wearing a C-cup bra. Breast implants are measured in cubic centimeters, and not the bra-sizing system. To achieve the "C look," a surgeon will take your height and frame into account meaning that your C could actually be a B or D cup.
- I can't breastfeed if I have implants – Breast augmentation rarely interferes with breastfeeding because milk ducts are not disturbed during the procedure. It is also important to remember that not all women are able to breastfeed, regardless of plastic surgery.
- Implants can melt – This a strange, but not uncommon, question that usually comes from people who spend lots of time in the sauna. The outer silicone shell of both saline and silicone implants can withstand temperatures up to 392 degrees Fahrenheit. Conventional sauna temperatures do not exceed 200 degrees.
- Implants interfere with mammograms – While implants can get in the way, this problem can be easily fixed. Technicians routinely ask women if they've had breast surgery. If this is the case, they will carefully push up the implants and take extra views.
- Surgery can't fix my uneven breasts – Most women have breasts that are each slightly different, although the extent of the disparity can vary. During surgery, your physician may give you implants of different sizes or reduce the larger breast.
If you want to learn more breast augmentation surgery, reach out to The Lett Center today.