According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation was the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure performed in 2012. Although more than 200,000 women have breast surgery every year, myths about the procedure – especially implants – still abound.
Here are a few misconceptions about breast augmentation:
I won’t be able to breastfeed.
This is a concern among many women who plan on having children in the near future. There are some women who cannot nurse, but it is highly unlikely that breast implants have anything to do with it. Rumors about implants blocking milk ducts or transferring harmful chemicals to a baby are false. There is no medical evidence that proves that implants interfere with a woman’s ability to breastfeed.
Implants must be replaced on a regular basis.
While it’s true that implants will eventually need to be replaced, it is often 10 or more years before a patient gets to that point. How often you will need new implants depends on your age, and how well you maintain your health.
My breasts will look fake.
If you work with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience performing this procedure, you don’t need to worry about having unnatural looking breasts. A skilled physician will help you make a decision about implant size based on your body size and the existing volume of your breasts.