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The Most Common Misconceptions About Breast Implants

Submitted by Bernabe Vazquez on July 28, 2014

5Breast augmentation has been a hot topic in popular media, especially tabloids, since it became popular in the early 1960s.  Of course, media scrutiny has caused a lot of misconceptions about breast augmentation surgery and its effect on a patient’s lifestyle.

Anyone considering such an operation should have the facts, though.  Let’s address the many misconceptions surrounding breast augmentation surgery.

You Can’t Breastfeed

Many believe that augmented breasts will automatically interfere with the woman’s ability to deliver milk to her newborn child.  This couldn’t be farther from the truth.  Breast augmentation surgery usually avoids injury to the breasts’ milk ducts so breastfeeding should be normal after surgery. Conversely, many women without breast implants have troubles breastfeeding so it’s clearly an issue independent of augmentation surgery.

The Implants Melt Over Time

Many worry about silicone’s durability, particularly how will they maintain their integrity over time. There is some truth to this concern. Silicone implants aren’t indestructible and patients should get replacement implants after ten years.  The need for replacement is due to normal wear and tear. Nonetheless, silicone implants are not fragile, and can withstand temperatures up to 392 degrees Fahrenheit and almost all types of physical trauma.

Silicone is Inherently Dangerous

This myth stems from the time when the FDA ruled silicone gel implants unsafe.  The FDA’s decision was made in 1992, largely because they didn’t have enough information necessary to confidently consider it safe back then. Twenty-four years later, they have full confidence in its safety, having approved the implants in 2006 after 14 years of testing. 

Augmented Breasts Look Fake

To be fair to this misconception, there are indeed many cases where augmented breasts clearly look like they’re the result of surgery.  However, the quality of the augmented breasts depends on the quality of the surgeon performing the operation, rather than the mere presence of silicone.

Also, not all breast implants are alike.  While some women want a significant enlargement, others prefer a more modest size increase.  Those more subtle augmentations aren’t nearly so noticeable.

Any Surgeon Can Perform a Breast Implant Surgery

Breast augmentation surgery may not be brain surgery, but it is surgery nevertheless.  An effective safe breast implant surgery is the domain of someone who has been peer-approved, has significant experience in the field and, most importantly, is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons.  Even if it’s for the sake of aesthetics, breast augmentation surgery is not a procedure to take lightly.

Dr. Bernabe Vazquez Offers Safe, Good-Looking Breast Augmentation Procedures

Dr. Bernabe Vazquez, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, has 25 years worth of breast augmentations, as well as other cosmetic procedures, and have thousands of satisfied patients to prove it.

Give us a call at (305) 858-8222 to get a free consultation so we can see if breast augmentation is the best procedure for you.