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16 Breast Augmentation Myths That Are Flat Out Wrong

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Breast augmentation is surrounded by tons of myths that scare women away from getting the boobs of their dreams. But how many of these myths are true, and how many are outright lies?

Let’s dive in and find out.

Myth #1: Everyone can tell that your boobs are fake.

If you’re 5 feet tall and 100 pounds, then yes, getting cantaloupe-sized implants will definitely make people suspicious.

But as long as you stick to implants that complement the size and shape of your body, your new chest will look natural.

Some people actually think that bigger is always better, but that’s simply not the case with breast augmentation. Dr. Jones will work with you to plan the best procedure possible for your unique body. That’s what makes him one of the best plastic surgeons in Utah.

Myth #2: Your implants won’t feel like the real thing.

Modern advances are starting to blur the line between real breast tissue and artificial implants. The newest silicone and cohesive gel (gummy bear) implants feel natural.

Think about it — if surgeons were using hard, unnatural pieces of plastic, would breast augmentation be so common?

Myth #3: If you get a boob job, you’re vain.

Not true at all.

Deciding to get implants only means that you want to feel more feminine and desirable, or restore lost volume. It has nothing to do with negativity.

Myth #4: Silicone implants are dangerous.

Yes, it’s true that silicone implants were once removed from the market by the FDA. Did you know what they found out during extensive testing?

That silicone implants are safe! Silicone is approved for breast augmentation in all women over the age of 22, and breast reconstruction for all women, regardless of age.

Literally hundreds of thousands of women are currently enjoying a happier life with silicone implants, and that number is increasing every day.

Myth #5: Silicone implants are better than saline.

It depends! Silicone and saline implants each have pros and cons. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Jones to find out which option is best for you.

Myth #6: You have to replace your implants every 5/10/20 years.

This one is completely wrong. Silicone and saline implants are designed to be long-lasting.

Unless you want to go bigger or smaller in the future, there’s no reason to replace your implants unless you have a very, very rare complication, or the implants burst.

Myth #7: Implants burst all the time.

No, that’s not true either. Roughly 10% of saline implants will require a replacement due to deflation within 10 years, and that rate is even lower with silicone implants.

Myth #8: You won’t be able to breastfeed with implants.

Many women can still breastfeed after getting implants. The key is communication — let Dr. Jones know if you plan on getting pregnant and breastfeeding. He’ll come up with the best treatment and recovery plan to make sure nothing is stopping you from breastfeeding.

Myth #9: Mammograms aren’t accurate if you have implants.

This will probably surprise you, but mammograms are actually easier to perform when you have implants.

Myth #10: You’ll have to use inconvenient drain tubes during your recovery.

Drain tubes are only used in very large breast lifts or reductions, not for typical breast augmentations.

Myth #11: Cup size is the best way to choose your implants.

Cup size is pretty reliable for determining breast size, but it says nothing about their shape. And besides that, does the same sized bra from Store A and Store B ever fit exactly the same?

Instead of relying on inaccurate measurements like cup size, Dr. Jones will take into account your chest’s unique shape and tissue composition when planning your operation to come up with the best options.

Myth #12: You won’t be able to feel your nipples after surgery.

The bigger your implants, the higher the chance you will temporarily lose some sensation in your nipples. That’s because the nerves in your chest are stretched by your implants.

However, you will regain sensation as your body becomes used to your new chest.

Myth #13: Scarring is a major problem after surgery.

Lots of women think the location of their incision is vitally important. Nobody wants their chest to be covered with ugly scars.

You might be surprised to find out that scarring is actually a very small problem after surgery. With great scar management after your operation, any incisions will barely be visible. But even noticeable scars aren’t enough to take away from a beautiful breast.

Myth #14: My chest will sag after surgery.

Thanks to gravity, your chest will sag gradually as you age regardless of whether you have implants—and especially if you wear a supportive bra. Having breast augmentation won’t increase that rate.

Myth #15: Surgeons who perform breast augmentations are creepy.

Every now and then, some creepy doctor is in the news for behaving inappropriately with his patients. But the vast majority of cosmetic surgeons are completely professional and respectful, including Dr. Jones. They value their patients’ trust above all else, and would never behave in a way to break that trust.

Myth #16: Breast augmentation is so common, any surgeon can do it.

Yes, breast augmentation is pretty common as far as procedures go. But not every surgeon does it well.

It takes a professional with years of experience, training, and a dedication to serving his patients to have truly fantastic results — someone who takes the time to help you choose the best size, shape, material, incision site, and recovery plan to meet your unique needs and desires.

Choosing a board-certified surgeon for your augmentation is absolutely critical to gain the best results and minimize your risk of complications. Dr. Jones is both board-certified and president of the Utah State Plastic Surgery Society, meaning he adheres to the strictest standards of continuing education, ethics, and patient happiness in the state of Utah.

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