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6 Myths of Breast Augmentation

By March 25, 2020February 26th, 2024Blog
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Even with all of the information available about breast augmentation surgery, there are still many misconceptions about the procedure. Arkansas Plastic Surgery is here to set the record straight about breast implants!

Dr. David Bauer and Dr. Zachary Young, board-certified plastic surgeons, have performed countless breast augmentation surgeries in his 20 plus years of service to Little Rock patients and here is the truth about common breast augmentation myths he’s come across.

1. “Silicone Implants Are Not Safe”

Silicone implants are actually very safe — They are one of the most tested medical devices on the US market today. The current silicone implants are 4th and 5th generation devices that have been extensively studied, and no connection to systemic illness or autoimmune disease has been found. We do recommend a follow-up exam every other year because even though the cohesive gel does not spread out like it used to, it is still difficult for patients to identify ruptures.

2. “I Can’t Breastfeed With Implants”

This is false. The implant is placed underneath the muscle and breast tissue so there is no disturbance to ducts and glands that produce milk. Pressure from the implants may decrease the amount of milk that you make, but it will not make you unable to breastfeed. Also, the milk itself is extremely safe, the silicone or saline does not affect how the milk is made or what’s in the milk.

3. “Implants Can Fix Sagging Breasts”

Many surgeons will place larger implants in and tell patients that it will keep them from having to have a breast lift. Unfortunately, that just leads to larger, saggier breasts. You don’t want to use larger implants to fix the droop — the only way to fix sagging breasts is with a breast lift or a combination breast augmentation/lift from a qualified plastic surgeon.

4. “Implants Need to be Replaced Every 10 Years”

Just because your implants have reached the 10-year mark, it DOES NOT mean it’s time to change them out. We recommend leaving your implants in until one has ruptured, then you can replace both.

The rupture rate is approximately:

  • 10 percent at 10 years
  • 30 percent at 20 years
  • 75 percent at 30 years

This doesn’t mean you can’t replace your implants if you want to change the size or shape, just know that you don’t have to.

5. “I’ll Have No Breast Sensation After Getting Implants”

Only about 10-15 percent of patients lose sensation in their breasts after getting implants. This happens because the nerves have to be moved to allow space for the implant. The bigger the implant, the more you have to move the nerves and the higher the risk for loss of sensation.

6. “Any Cosmetic Surgeon Can Perform Breast Augmentation Surgery”

You should select a plastic surgeon who is board-certified, this means that they have undergone extensive training in cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries of the breast. Surgeons who specialize in breast procedures will be better prepared to handle breast asymmetry, defects, or any surgery complications, unlike other surgeons who may not have had that training or experience.

Breast Augmentation Little Rock

Choosing an experienced plastic surgeon is crucial — you don’t want just any plastic surgeon to perform your breast augmentation procedure. Dr. Bauer and Dr. Young are board-certified and specialize in breast procedures. They have the expertise needed to give you the natural and long-lasting results you’re looking for!

Contact Arkansas Plastic Surgery in Little Rock to begin your breast augmentation surgery discussion!

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