5 Common Myths of Breast Augmentation and Implants

It is surprising how many women immediately dismiss the idea of breast augmentation and implants solely because they believe one or more of the common myths surrounding the subject.  If you fall into this category, it is time to set the record straight.  Many of these myths stem from information which is decades old and no longer relevant.  It is time to dispel these myths once and for all.

Myth 1 – There Is a Single Best Way to Do an Augmentation

The concept that there is a single best way to approach an augmentation and implants is primarily perpetuated by plastic surgeons that are only skilled in one method.  A quality Houston plastic surgeon is not only board-certified but has demonstrated a variety of different augmentation skills.  Think about it this way – if there was really one best way, wouldn’t all augmentations be done the same way?  Finding a surgeon who has experience with multiple options will allow you to choose the best method for your specific body type and desired outcome.

Myth 2 – Cup Size Is the Best Way to Measure the Size of Your Breast

While every plastic surgeon will discuss cup size to one degree or another, the actual dimensions will vary based on the manufacturer of the bra.  There are a number of more accurate ways to describe and discuss your desired breast size.  This is based on specific measurements as well as demonstrations with your own tissue.  There is a simple reason to not discuss your breast augmentation or implants solely in cup sizes.  First, all bras are not the same size which makes it an inaccurate measurement tool.  Second, your breasts are likely slightly different sizes or shapes and making them both symmetrical will require more than simply changing your cup size.

Myth 3 – The Number of cc’s In Your Breast Implant Will Create a Specific Cup Size

This might be one of the more popular misconceptions about breast augmentation and implants.  The size of your breasts following an augmentation is determined by several factors.  The two primary variables are the size of your breast before the augmentation as well as the implant which was added.  In order to get the most accurate size following an operation, your plastic surgeon needs to measure and estimate how much breast tissue you have prior to the procedure.  This will allow them to determine how large the implant needs to be in order to achieve the results you desire.

Myth 4 – Silicone Implants Are Dangerous and Can Cause Serious Side Effects

The debate which will likely go on into the foreseeable future is silicone vs. saline implants.  One of the primary arguments made against silicone implants is that they can cause diseases and are more likely to burst.  There’ve actually been a large number of scientific studies which have shown conclusively that silicone implants do not cause any known diseases.  The truth is that each type of implant filler has advantages and drawbacks.  This means that you should look into both options and determine which one will best meet your goals.

Myth 5 – Everyone Will Know That You Have Implants

This myth stems from two different sources.  The first argument is that breast implants will make your breast feel unnaturally firm or look rigid.  While it’s true that augmented breasts will not be the exact same softness as natural breasts, recent advances make them extremely close.  The key is to choose a quality plastic surgeon who knows how to minimize the buildup of scar tissue around the implant.  The second concept which perpetuates this myth is that breast implants are visually easy to spot.  As long as you have carefully planned your procedure and have chosen a quality plastic surgeon, you can have naturally appearing results.  The reason selecting a quality plastic surgeon is important is that they will be able to take in the consideration your height, weight, and natural breast shape.  A poor plastic surgeon can make mistakes such as placing the implant too high or making it too large to allow for a natural appearance.

The sooner you can get accurate information, the sooner you can make an educated decision about whether or not breast augmentation and implants are the right solutions for you.  If you still have questions, the easiest solution is to set up a consultation with an elite Houston plastic surgeon that will easily be able to address your concerns.

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