When it comes to breast augmentation, many women hesitate. They have heard things like “breast implants look fake” or “you will lose sensitivity” if you get implants. While these breast augmentation myths are widespread, the truth is breast implants and augmentation procedures have changed so much over the years and the results are very natural.
Breast augmentation procedures are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the United States every year, allowing many women to achieve the curves and bustline they have always desired, and, despite the myths, they look just as amazing as natural breasts. Let’s take a few minutes to debunk some of these common myths.
Myth 1 – My Breasts Will Look Fake
When breast augmentation first became popular in the 1990s, women favored a heavily enhanced look when choosing implants. The result was an unnatural appearance, and many people were able to look at a woman and know that she had breast implants. Today, however, the trends have changed, as has breast implant technology. Better implant material and a skilled surgeon can now perform breast augmentations that deliver very natural breasts.
Myth 2 – I will Lose Breast and Nipple Sensation
When you have breast implants put into place, especially larger implants, it is common to temporarily lose sensation. This occurs because the implants stretch the nerves that contribute to your sensitivity. As you heal and the nerves relax, sensitivity returns to your breasts and nipples.
Myth 3 – I Cannot Breastfeed with Breast Implants
A big myth surrounding breast augmentation is that a woman with implants will be unable to breastfeed. While some women can experience a reduction in milk production, most women have no problem breastfeeding with implants. Some techniques can reduce lactation more than others, so if you plan to breastfeed in the future, talk with your surgeon about the best technique to use for your breast augmentation.
Myth 4 – My Breasts Will Feel Fake with Breast Implants
Early breast implants often felt unnatural, but advanced implant technology has made them feel much more natural. In addition, surgical techniques now focus on preventing scar tissue build-up, as well as better implant placement, that helps promote a natural feeling breast after breast augmentation.
Myth 5 – I Will Have to Replace My Implants Often
When breast implants began, manufacturers recommended replacing implants at least every 10 years to reduce the risk of rupture. However, these days, that is not necessary, and many women have their implants for more than 20 years. Regular MRIs are necessary with silicone implants to monitor for rupture and should a saline implant rupture, your body absorbs the saline. But implants would need replacing. As long as there are no signs of rupture and you are still happy with your implants, there is no need to replace them.
Myth 6 – I Will See My Results Immediately after My Breast Augmentation
In a world of instant gratification, many women expect to see their results immediately after a breast augmentation procedure. While you will see noticeable changes after your procedure, they will not be your final results. During your surgery, your chest muscles tighten and cause the implants to sit much higher than normal. As the swelling subsides and the muscles relax, the implants will settle into their natural position. Don’t get discouraged if your breasts are not what you expected. You should see your final results around 12 weeks after your breast augmentation procedure.
Myth 7 – Breast Implants Will Fix My Sagging Breasts
If you are experiencing sagging breasts, you may think that adding breast implants will help lift your breasts and give them a more youthful and perky appearance. Unfortunately, that is not the case. While implants placed under the muscle may work to support the breast and prevent future sagging, they will not lift the breasts. If you want to address sagging breasts, your best bet is adding a breast lift to your augmentation or just choosing a breast lift alone.
Myth 8 – Getting Breast Implants Will Leave Ugly Scars
Early breast augmentation procedures often left significant scarring. However, advancements in surgical techniques allow for better scar placement that can be hidden by undergarments or swimsuits. In some cases, the incisions are in the underarm area, allowing for the breasts to be completely scar-free.