Breast augmentation or augmentation mammoplasty, more commonly known as a boob job, involves the use of breast implants or fat to add to the size of your breasts. The purpose is to restore breast volume after weight loss or pregnancy, to achieve more rounded and fuller breasts, or to improve your breasts’ symmetry.
Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions surrounding breast augmentation surgery. Here are some myths and false beliefs about this cosmetic surgery that are quite popular.
- Breast augmentation is the same as a breast lift procedure.
A breast augmentation cannot correct severely drooping breasts. A breast lift is needed to correct and lift sagging breasts. It can be done with a breast augmentation procedure, or separately.
- Your boobs will look fake and unnatural after a breast augmentation surgery.
This is the most common misconception about breast augmentation. Most fear that their breasts won’t look natural. In the early days of breast augmentation, this may have been true. But thanks to technological advancements, we now have a range of implant sizes, shapes, and composition to choose from. This allows surgeons to use the implants perfect for the patient’s body frame.
- Going to the same surgeon will give you the same results.
No two bodies are alike, and going to your friend’s surgeon won’t give you the same results. The final result of a surgery will depend on the following factors: the amount of breast tissues, the size of the implants used, the type of implants used, and the placement of the implants.
- Breast implants must be replaced often.
Unless your implants leak, move to a different position, or have any problems, your breast implants do not need to be replaced. Your implants are there to stay, unless you want to have them removed in the future.
- Breast implants increase the risk of breast cancer.
One of the fears women have in undergoing breast augmentation is that it will make them more at risk of breast cancer. There is no scientific evidence linking breast cancer to breast implants.
- Breast implant leakage is dangerous.
There are risks that come with implant leakage, but not so dangerous that it can be a threat to a patient’s health. The saline implant is made of a solution of salt water, so it is safe for the surrounding breast tissues to absorb. Silicone implants leak more slowly, giving enough time for your surgeon to fix them.
- Recovery after breast augmentation surgery is painful.
The pain and soreness that comes with breast augmentation surgery (as well as any surgeries for that matter) are manageable with prescribed medication following the operation, usually with some pain relievers. The pain usually goes away after two weeks, and the experience can differ from patient to patient. It is essential to allow your body ample time to heal and recover, and avoid any rigorous activities.
Thinking of undergoing a breast augmentation surgery? Consult with a medical surgeon who has a track record with breast augmentation procedures to help clear your mind from the doubts that you may have.
Dr. Gregory H. Croll is the owner of his own practice, and the leading doctor for breast augmentation in Columbia, MO.