Five Common Breast Augmentation Myths Disproved

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Cynthia M. Poulos, M.D.

Women who choose breast augmentation do so after doing lots of research and meeting with a qualified, board certified plastic surgeon. Those who have never been through those thorough processes may have heard many myths about the procedure. There seem to be dozens of commonly believed myths, so today I will outline–and disprove–five of the most common ones.

1) Implants feel unnaturally firm.
On the contrary, many implants today feel very natural. There are a number of factors that affect feel after the procedure, such as whether the implants are placed above or below the chest muscle and whether the implants are saline or silicone. 

2) It is obvious when someone has had a breast augmentation.
While some patients are looking for a more dramatic look that may clearly suggest they’ve had a breast augmentation, most patients come to me for more natural looking results. Fortunately, this is very easy to accomplish with the right selection of implants and careful placement. 

3) This procedure is only for women who want a very large cup size.
With my help, women may choose nearly any size of implant. For example, if you have an A or AA cup size cup, naturally you may be interested in obtaining a B-cup or C-cup through breast augmentation. 

4) Implants need to be replaced every five to ten years.
Many women don’t need to seek replacement until there is some concern with the implant/s, or, in many cases, until the patient decides to pursue a different cup size or type of implant! 

5) Implants can leak and cause health problems.
Saline solution will not cause you any harm. Instead, it is absorbed and disposed of by the body naturally. Silicone implants of today are redesigned so they are gel-like and perfectly safe; they are not the same implants from 30 years ago. I have seen time and time again how satisfying it can be for women to undergo the procedure and know what a difference it can make in terms quality of life and improved body image. If you have any questions about myths you may have heard about breast augmentations, feel free to contact my office anytime; I am here to help!