Most Common Breast Augmentation Myths

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Do you want to improve the size or shape of your breasts with St. Louis breast augmentation, but have fears about the procedure? Many women considering breast augmentation are held back by some common myths or misconceptions about the procedure. Don't let this be you. This page dispels some of the more common myths about breast augmentation, but the best way to ensure your questions are answered is with a personal consultation with Missouri breast surgeon Dr. Richard L. Kofkoff and a knowledgeable member of our team.

Myth 1: Breast Implants are not safe.

This myth is based on a scare about the safety of breast implants during the 1990s. Silicone breast implants were taken off the market for cosmetic breast augmentation and breast implants were thoroughly investigated. Breast implants were found to have no connection with breast cancer, autoimmune disorders, systematic diseases, or other health problems beyond the known complications detailed in patient information documents.

Myth 2: Breast Implants must be replaced every ten years.

Nothing lasts forever, and breast implants are no exception, but routine replacement of breast implants every ten years is not necessary. Breast implants can rupture and the risk of rupture increases with time, but the average lifespan of breast implants is about 16 years. More often, women want to freshen up, improve, or change the results of their breast augmentation and seek a revision procedure before breast implants rupture.

Myth 3: Everyone can tell you have had Breast Augmentation.

Not true. St. Louis Breast augmentation can give results that are either natural or dramatic. Natural results can be so subtle that only very close examination will tell whether you had breast augmentation. On the other hand, if you want dramatic, splashy results, people will be able to tell.

Myth 4: Breast Augmentation will make it impossible to detect breast cancer early.

As mammography equipment and techniques improve, the rate of early detection of breast cancer continues to improve. An experienced radiologist will generally be able to detect breast cancer in its early stages, even if you have had breast augmentation. It is important to tell your radiologist about your breast augmentation and answer any questions they may have about your procedure. Placement of the implant behind the muscle may make the mammogram easier to interpret.

Myth 5: Breast Augmentation makes it impossible (or unwise) to breastfeed.

Not at all. Some women are naturally unable to breastfeed, and some variations of breast augmentation may make it more likely you are unable to breastfeed, but most women with breast augmentations are able to breastfeed. Breast implants pose no risk to your infant.

Myth 6: Recovery from Breast Augmentation is long and painful.

Compared to other plastic surgeries, breast augmentation has one of the shorter recovery periods and lower levels of associated discomfort. Most women return to work in less than a week after their procedure and feel completely back to normal in less than a month. Discomfort and recovery time have been significantly reduced using the Rapid Recovery technique.

Myth 7: Breast Augmentation can give me the breasts of that celebrity that I love.

Breast shape depends on many factors, including your breast tissue, your skin, your muscles, and the shape of your ribs. Chances are that most of these are different enough between you and your celebrity model that you cannot match those breasts precisely. Nor would you want to--breasts that look great on her may not look good on you. Instead, we will use your celebrity model as a starting place to talk about your cosmetic goals and design a breast augmentation procedure that will give you the best possible results for your body.

Myth 8: Breast Augmentation will solve my life problems and make me the belle of the ball.

Breast augmentation will improve the size and shape of your breasts. Many women also experience improved self-confidence, an improved quality of life, greater popularity, and even increased sexual confidence and pleasure, but these secondary benefits cannot be guaranteed. It's best to make sure you have realistic expectations about results of your breast augmentation procedure.

Myth 9: Implants make breasts sag earlier.

Large breasts tend to sag more than small breasts--augmented breasts tend to sag at about the same rate as natural breasts of the same size.

Myth 10: All breast docs are the same.

Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. In breast augmentation, no decision is more important than selecting your plastic surgeon. If you are considering breast augmentation, look for a doctor who is not only a board-certified plastic surgeon, but who also has extensive experience in performing breast augmentation. And, of course, you should work with a doctor who makes you feel completely comfortable talking about the procedure. If you can't tell your doctor exactly what you want from your breast augmentation, you most likely won't be happy with the results.

To make the right decision about your St. Louis breast augmentation, we always recommend that you talk to more than one surgeon before committing to a procedure. To talk to Missouri Breast Surgeon Dr. Richard L. Kofkoff and learn whether he is the doctor for you, please use our contact form above or click here to call or email us today.