Despite the overwhelming safety and popularity of breast augmentation in the United States, a number of myths continue to persist about augmentation and implants. The majority of these myths center on appearance, breastfeeding, and leakage. By understanding the ins and outs of breast augmentation before deciding to undergo surgery and separating fact from fiction, you will have a clearer picture of your potential results, as well as what to expect before, during, and after your procedure. Read on to learn more about breast augmentation fact and fiction.
Fiction: Augmented breasts won’t look natural
The natural appearance of your breasts after augmentation will depend in large part on the choices you make for your augmentation. One of the most important decisions is size. Selecting implants that are in proportion with your body size will go a long way toward maintaining a natural appearance. During your consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery, you will have the opportunity to discuss all your options and try on sample implants. With your doctor’s guidance, you will be able to select an implant size that best suits you and will look the most natural on your frame.
Placement of your implants is also an important factor in obtaining a natural look. While there are pros and cons both above and below muscle placement, submuscular placement of implants means that your natural breast tissue and muscle are closer to the surface, which helps maintain both the look and feel of your breasts. Submuscular placement and implants that are proportionate to your frame also both have reduced risk of rippled skin after surgery, which is a telltale sign of breast augmentation.
Fiction: Breastfeeding and breast augmentation aren’t compatible
For women who plan to have children and breastfeed, the ability to nurse after breast augmentation is a common concern. Many women fear that either breast augmentation will somehow halt the ability to breastfeed or that the substances in implants will leak into breast milk. It is important to recognize that some women will have difficulty with breastfeeding regardless of breast augmentation, and may need to work with a lactation specialist to breastfeed.
The vast majority of women are able to breastfeed successfully with implants, regardless of type (silicone or saline), placement (above or below the muscle), and incision (inframammary—below the breast, axillary —in the armpit, or periareolar—along the edge of the areola). While there is some risk of changes in sensation and excess scarring, these are rare occurrences, and most women are able to breastfeed without complications.
Some women are concerned that silicone or saline may leak from the implants and be transferred to the baby through breast milk. So far, data has shown no significant amount of leakage of silicone or saline into breast milk. In fact, both silicone and saline are naturally occurring substances that are so similar to those found in the human body that there is no reason to expect them to be of any concern even if they did find their way into breast milk. Additionally, silicone is not soluble in bodily fluids, and any silicone-derivatives found in breast milk are biological compounds that occur naturally.
Fiction: Implants leak and have to be replaced frequently
While the risk of a leaking or ruptured implant is real and should be taken into consideration before undergoing breast augmentation surgery, it does not occur all that frequently. Additionally, although implants are not considered lifetime devices by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), they don’t typically need to be replaced with frequency. Most women are able to go many years without experiencing a leak, rupture, or other need to replace their implants. In fact, many women are quite happy with their implants for decades without complications.
It is important, however, to do regular breast self-exams both as part of your monthly routine and to check for leaks, ruptures or changes in your implants. Should you have concerns regarding a leak or rupture or notice any changes in your breasts after augmentation, be sure to call your doctor at Monarch Plastic Surgery for evaluation. Some changes naturally occur with age while others relate to changes in health. It is important to also perform your regular monthly breast self-exams as an important step in breast cancer detection and monitoring your own health.
To ensure that your implants last for a long time, you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, and a nutritious diet. If you engage in regular exercise or high impact activities, also be sure to wear a properly fitting sports bra and protective equipment as necessary for your sports and activities.
Still have questions or concerns? We welcome you to schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon at Monarch Plastic Surgery by calling (913) 663-3838 or (816) 436-3262. No question or concern is too small.