5 Myths About Breast Augmentation
There are lots of myths and an even greater number of “experts” on breast augmentation. Dr. Google has not helped the situation. Let's “demystify” some of these myths:
1. My breast implants need to be changed every 10 years.
In the past, failure of the implant would start to occur after 10 years. Nowadays, with silicone gel implants, they are a lifelong product and most companies offer a warranty to match.
2. I won't be able to breastfeed
Not every woman can breastfeed. However, having a breast implant has no impact on whether you will be able to feed or not. Breastmilk is best for the baby and all surgeons would encourage women to breastfeed if it is physically possible for them.
3. I am more susceptible to breast cancer if I have implants.
You might be surprised to hear that it's directly the opposite. Women who have breast implants usually have smaller breasts and smaller breasts have a lower incidence of breast cancer. There is absolutely no link whatsoever between having breast implants and breast cancer.
4. Breast cancer scanning will damage my implants.
Modern-day breast implants are extremely durable. Having a medical examination either with an ultrasound or a mammogram will have no impact on the implants. It may be uncomfortable but it will not damage the implants.
5. An ultrasound will be able to show if my implants are damaged.
It may. However an ultrasound is not a definitive examination and, in most cases, we might proceed to an MRI examination if great detail is required.