While breast augmentation has been around for a long time, they continue to grow in popularity. In fact, the aesthetic procedure has grown in popularity even in the last decade. Regardless, despite its popularity and prevalence, there are many misconceptions and myths that still exist. These myths are often because of sensationalized journalism, a rare or unusual occurrence, or outdated information which is no longer relevant. So, today’s article tackles and tries to dispel some of the most common breast augmentation myths.
Common Myths About Breast Augmentation
1. Breast Augmentation Can Cause Cancer – This is simply untrue. The myth began in the 1980s, when a citizen’s group out of Washington, D.C. warned of signals that silicone breast implants could cause cancer. However, there has never been a scientific link between an increased risk of breast cancer and implants.
2. After a Certain Age, a Woman Should Not Get Implants – The fact of the matter is women of any age can be a good candidate for breast augmentation. An experienced plastic surgeon can review all your options. Regardless, age is not a prime factor, and women over 40 can and do have breast implants.
3. Breast Implants Need Replaced Every 7 to 10 Years – If and when a woman will need her breast implants replaced is based on the individual. There are some who will need their implants replaced after several years. But, other women can go a lifetime without a replacement. It all comes down to multiple medical variables.
4. Any Surgeon Can Perform a Breast Augmentation – While technically true, in practice, this is wrong. Becoming a skilled cosmetic surgeon with the ability to correctly place breast implants takes years of specialized training. The surgeon must have the knowledge for individually selecting the right size, shape, texture, and operative approach.
5. Bigger Breast Implants Are Always Better – It is best to always consider your plastic surgeon’s recommendations thoughtfully and with an open mind. Your body type, age, and tissue will impact your long-term results. Larger implants can sag and may require additional surgeries to correct. Your surgeon will explain all your options, and which will work best for you.
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