6 Big Myths About Breast Augmentation (By Someone Who’s Had One)
30 Oct 2013 at 4:00pm
This post by Grace Gold, journalist and author of The Boob Job Bible: How To Get A Safe, Sexy Breast Augmentation
When it comes to breast augmentation, one thing is certain: There’s loads of misinformation out there about the procedure. But after spending copious amounts of time studying before-and-after photos and thoroughly doing my research, I finally decided to take the plunge — and I can tell you that I’m still thrilled with the results five years later. Here’s what I learned along the way!
Myth #1: All Breast Implants Look Fake
My biggest fear was looking like I had obviously “fake” breast implants – but if you choose a good board-certified plastic surgeon, pick a natural-looking size (I went from a small B to a small D) and placement (for example, under the muscle), people will be none the wiser. Even my good friends and family didn’t know I had a breast augmentation. Guess I already fooled them with the push-up bras I used to wear!
Myth #2: Recovery Is Painful
Breast augmentation recovery time and pain can vary from one woman to another. Some feel little to no pain (particularly moms who have already had larger breasts during pregnancy and women who have gained and lost weight), while others may feel some pain for the first few days that can be managed with prescribed painkillers.
I was in the latter group, and yet I thought my recovery from wisdom tooth removal was much worse. What I personally found the most challenging was not being allowed to lift things or workout for four weeks afterwards. However, the time passed quickly, and the results were sure worth it!
Myth #3: Breast Implants Are For Women Who Want Big Racks
Breast implants come in all sizes, and the majority of women who get breast augmentation in the United States actually opt for super subtle augmentations — like from an A to a B or C cup. (Our sisters in the sunshine states of California, Florida, and Texas tend to go a bit larger on average.) Many of these women are working professionals — from lawyers and doctors to school teachers and stay-at-home moms. Often, they just want to “fill out” their clothing, or feel more confident. With the right size and a good plastic surgeon, results can look “appropriate” for even the most conservative environments.
Myth #4: Breast Augmentation Will Last a Lifetime
When I first decided that I wanted a breast augmentation, I thought it was a one-time surgery — but not necessarily so. The truth is, breast implants (whether silicone or saline) aren’t designed to last your entire lifetime. Major implant manufacturers recommend that you replace them every 10 years to preempt a rupture. It’s not a requirement you do this, and some plastic surgeons even say it’s not necessary unless you have an issue — but future surgeries down the road are certainly something you need to be “OK” with when considering implants, especially since breast augmentation cost can be several thousand dollars.
Myth #5: You'll Look Awesome Right Away
During breast augmentation surgery, your muscles react by tightening up. As a result, your new implants will initially start out resting higher on your chest, and may look swollen. As you heal over the next several weeks to months, your breasts will slowly settle into a more natural position on your chest. This means that you should give yourself some time to look amazing afterwards — don’t plan a breast augmentation right before a wedding, pageant, milestone reunion, or other special occasion!
Myth #6: Breast Augmentation Will Give You the "Perfect Body"
A breast augmentation will give you a bigger version of what you already have — unless you’re having some corrective work done, like evening out the size of your breasts or getting a lift. While a larger bust can make your waist appear smaller and hips more shapely, it doesn’t give you a new body. Some women expect to suddenly look like a Victoria’s Secret model after surgery, then feel letdown and disappointed. There is only so much a boob job can do. Having realistic expectations means you’ll be happier with your results.