Summary: Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures year in and year out—whether that’s in the United States or abroad. But myths and rumors persist about this procedure in particular, so we thought it might be useful to put on our myth-busting hat and take on some of the most pervasive myths about breast augmentation procedures. Of course, the best information will always come from a plastic surgeon, but this should help straighten out some things that are being mis-reported or are simply wrong.
Challenging Breast Augmentation Myths
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the world. True, it’s always been popular in the United States, but recent statistics have seen an uptick in procedures performed in Argentina, Brazil, South Korea, China and so on. In other words, it’s a procedure with world-wide appeal. Now, that may change in the decades to come, but for now it remains the truth. But with popularity comes misinformation. In fact, there are a lot of breast augmentation myths floating around out there, so we thought now would be a good time to bust some of those breast procedure myths and get some good information out there.
Myth #1: Bigger is Always Better
The most prominent myth associated with breast augmentation is that patients will always go for the biggest bust size possible. But this simply isn’t true. Many patients are actually trying to achieve a bust that is in proportion with the rest of their body—not one that is out of proportion with their bodies. Still other patients are looking to address an asymmetry that they were either born with or that developed over time. Most patients, it turns out, are looking for an augmentation that will bring their body into alignment—that will give them a nice bust to hips ratio, not a bust that will exceed that ratio.
Myth #2: Silicone Breast Implants are Bad For You
This myth at least has some basis in history, though not necessarily in fact. Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, there was some concern that silicone implants might cause cancer. But research conducted by the FDA later found that there was no correlation, and so silicone implants were allowed back on the market. They are now the primary choice for most surgeons. In fact, silicone breast implants tend to give a more natural look than saline breast implants. They also tend to last a little bit longer and be a bit more robust due to their “gummy bear” consistency.
Myth #3: If Your Breast Implant Ruptures, Your Breast Will Deflate
To a certain degree, this was indeed a problem with saline breast implants. To be sure, your breast would not look like some kind of deflated balloon, but an asymmetry would certainly develop because the saline would escape from the implant. Silicone breast implants, however, are able to avoid this problem. The “gummy bear” consistency of a silicone breast implant means that if there is any kind of rupture, the patient will likely never notice or have symptoms because everything stays exactly where it is. This makes a silicone implant an incredibly safe, effective, and robust choice.
Myth #4: Breast Implants Last Forever
This myth might be something more like wishful thinking. Many plastic surgery procedures generate what are called “effectively permanent” results—meaning that they don’t stop the aging process, but they do turn back the clock some. The same is somewhat true of breast augmentation, but for different reasons. The implants themselves have a shelf life. The FDA suggests that implants be removed after fifteen years in order to maximize safety. However, most surgeons urge patients not to remove implants unless they cause problems (or the patient simply wants a smaller size). This means that implants can actually last quite a bit longer than 15 years, but patients should nonetheless expect to have them removed at some point.
Myth #5: Breast Augmentation is a Sign of Low Self-Esteem
Much research has been conducted to find out if breast augmentation is bad for your emotional health. What researchers have found, however, is that patients who want a breast augmentation and then get a breast augmentation show a rise in confidence and self-esteem and even report a rise in quality of life. In other words, a breast augmentation is not ideal if you don’t want one (obviously). But if you do want one, it can be great for you. You should discuss all of this with your surgeon, of course, and come to a consensus with your surgeon.
Getting the Breast Augmentation You Want
Whether you’re getting a breast augmentation in Milwaukee or Kansas City, it’s important to ensure you’re getting the right information. Busting these breast augmentation myths has (hopefully) helped with that, but the best source of any information is, of course, your plastic surgeon. If you have any questions at all about what breast augmentation can do for you, contact a plastic surgeon and start asking questions!