Breast augmentation: Fact vs. fiction

Breast augmentation: Fact vs. fiction
Breast augmentation: Fact vs. Fiction

"Should I or shouldn't I?" many women ponder before going under the knife. Prior to considering any type of cosmetic surgery, it's important to weigh the pros and cons associated with the procedure. Deciding whether to go through with a surgery can be difficult enough without having to wade through the laundry list of myths commonly associated with the operation. 

Breast augmentation, which was the No. 1 surgery performed during 2012, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, can help improve a woman's self-confidence, but can it lead to breast cancer? Will they leak? Won't they feel unnatural? The answer to most of the common myths associated with this procedure is no, but there's no harm in asking your physician anyway. 

They will look fake: FALSE
A properly performed breast augmentation surgery will not lead to unnatural looking breasts. emphasizes that the most important selection to be made prior to your surgery is choosing the proper doctor, one who is board certified and experienced in performing cosmetic procedures. Tissue is constructed to match the patient's age, weight, height and existing cup size, then implants are placed with care and precision for the most natural look. 

I won't be able to breastfeed: FALSE
One of the most common myths associated with breast surgery is that the patient will no longer be able to breastfeed due to inability or fear of transferring harmful chemicals to an infant. These are both, however, false claims. Mother Inc. explains that there currently exists no medical evidence that states breast implants interfere with breastfeeding capabilities. With or without implants, some women are unable to successfully breastfeed, but implants should not impede a woman's ability to do so.  

They will have to be replaced regularly: FALSE - but there are caveats
While implants do not have to be regularly replaced, ASAPS does remind interested individuals that they may eventually need to be. However, this solely relies upon the patient's age when receiving the procedure, the type of implant she receives and how she treats her physical health.