If you’re considering breast augmentation, you’re not alone! It’s the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure. More than 300,000 were performed in 2018, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This is an increase of 4 percent from 2017.

As the number of breast augmentations performed every year increases, so do myths surrounding the procedure. You’ve probably heard a few yourself. These falsehoods may be keeping you from scheduling your own breast augmentation. Keep reading to learn the truth about these myths.

Myth 1: Breast augmentation will make my breasts look fake

New technology and techniques make it hard to tell the difference between natural breasts and implants. Each breast augmentation is tailored to each individual patient. During a consultation, Dr. Madry considers the measurements and goals of each patient. This leads to natural results.

Myth 2: Breast augmentation will make my breasts feel fake

Evolving technology has led to the development of implants that feel like natural breast tissue. Preventing scar tissue build-up, implant placement, and other surgical techniques keep implants soft. Implant placement under or over the chest muscle depends on each patient’s build. This will be discussed at your free consultation.

Myth 3: I’ll lose sensation after my breast augmentation

After a breast augmentation, some women experience a temporary loss of nipple sensation. Your sensation will returns as nerves heal and adjust to your new breast size. It’s very uncommon to permanently lose nipple sensation

Myth 4: I won’t be able to breastfeed with implants

One of the biggest myths about breast augmentation is that women who have implants can’t breastfeed. This is not true! There are certain methods of breast augmentation that may make breastfeeding easier.

Myth 5: My implants will need to be replaced often

There’s no need to replace your implants unless a problem happens. Many women have had their implants for over 20 years, and the implants are still soft and look natural. The most common problem with saline implants, which are used when women want to increase their breast size by a lot, is leakage. Though this is not dangerous, a leaking implant needs to be removed and replaced during surgery.

Myth 6: I should choose saline implants instead of silicone gel implants

Saline implants and silicone gel implants are both great choices. Silicone implants feel like natural breast tissue. Saline implants are firmer and tend to ripple. While the rupture of either kind of implant is rare, ruptures of saline implants are more common. The saltwater that fills saline implants is body-safe. If a silicone implant ruptures, it needs to be removed immediately. Getting an MRI every two to three years can detect ruptures in silicone gel implants.

Myth 7: I’ll see results immediately after my breast augmentation

During breast augmentation surgery, the chest muscles tighten. This causes implants to rest higher than they will when fully healed. Chest tissue may swell. The swelling will subside, and the breast will settle into a more natural position,. Your true results will be visible. This is approximately eight to 12 weeks after surgery. If you’re getting implants before a big event, like a wedding or a high school reunion, it’s best to plan your augmentation to give yourself lots of time to heal.

Myth 8: My recovery after a breast augmentation will be long and painful

Like with any surgery, your incisions and muscles may be sore. This pain and soreness will be manageable with medication and will decrease within one or two weeks.

Myth 9: All cosmetic surgeons can perform breast augmentations

Any plastic surgeon can perform breast augmentation. It takes a skilled, seasoned plastic surgeon with years of training and experience to get the most natural look possible. Dr. Madry has decades of experience and is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. You’ll feel confident working with Dr. Madry to get the look you want.

Benefits of breast augmentation

Now that we’ve discussed the myths, let’s take a look at some breast augmentation benefits:

  • Add fullness and contour to your breasts.
  • Return volume lost to weight loss or pregnancy.
  • Repair breasts that are asymmetrical in size and shape.
  • Restore breasts after cancer treatment.
  • Enhance the balance of breast and hip contours.
  • Improve self-image and self-confidence.

If you’re ready to get the contoured, youthful silhouette you’ve always dreamed of, schedule a free breast augmentation consultation today.