Busting Breast Augmentation Myths
Breast augmentations are among the most common and most popular procedures we perform. Yet despite this, there are often many questions, fears, concerns, and even outright myths that surround this type of cosmetic surgery.
Even among women who are unhappy with their breasts as they are and would otherwise consider a surgical procedure, there may be a lot of hesitation due to concerns like scarring, breastfeeding, recovery timelines, or simply not being happy with the outcome.
We hear you. And if you are considering a breast augmentation, we want to make sure your questions are answered and that you feel comfortable and confident about it!
In this blog post, we’ll look at some of the most frequent fears and concerns, tell you whether they have any foundation in reality, and then provide a fuller picture of what you can expect. We hope you find it helpful as you consider this potentially life-changing (and extremely positive!) possibility.
My Breasts Are Going to Look Big and Unnatural
Definitely not, if that isn’t what you want.
As we’ve written about on this blog recently, there’s no such thing as the perfect set of breasts. You might have a friend who has had a breast augmentation, or see celebrities on TV who have had them, and are worried because that isn’t what you want.
Well, there’s good news. There’s more than one way to augment breasts. A multitude of shapes, sizes, and procedures can be considered; and the only person who needs to be happy with the end result is you.
During your consult, we’ll listen carefully to you about how you want your breasts to look and feel, the lifestyle you want to live, and what you want to achieve. Then—together—we’ll explore your options and help you make a decision you’re comfortable with.
Most women who get breast augmentations actually don’t want them to be huge. They are just looking for a little more volume or roundness, or more symmetry, or better proportions with the rest of their body. The “natural” look is very popular, and it’s something we can absolutely help you achieve.
There Will Be a Lot of Visible Scarring
Yes, it’s true that any cosmetic surgery procedure may leave you with some scars. However, modern techniques have really dramatically minimized this common problem.
A big part of this is simply where the incisions are positioned. We can almost always “hide” these in places where they are unlikely to be visible or attract much attention, such as underneath the breast fold, around the lower edge of the areola, or even in folds of skin near the armpit.
The incision techniques themselves are also developed to minimize long-term appearance of scars, and you can improve the appearance even further as your body heals. Avoiding sun exposure, quitting smoking, taking vitamin E supplements, and maintaining a healthy diet will help make those out-of-the-way scars even less visible over time.
Finally, there’s always the option of laser skin resurfacing for any scars that are particularly bothering you. We offer that service as well!
A Breast Augmentation Won’t Fix My Droopy Breasts
Possibly true, but if so we have other procedures to address this issue.
If your main concern is breasts that are drooping and sagging, a breast lift may be a better fit for your needs than a breast augmentation.
What’s the difference? The goal of a lift is to reposition your breasts and create a firmer, younger-looking shape without significantly changing the overall size. An augmentation, by contrast, is more about using implants to increase volume and make your breasts rounder or fuller, or more symmetrical. A little bit of lift may happen as well, but that’s not the main goal.
It’s worth mentioning, though, that these procedures are not mutually exclusive! We often perform both in conjunction to help our clients achieve their desired result.
If I Don’t Like My New Breasts, I Will Be Stuck with Them
Of course, one of the main reasons we take so much time talking with you before your surgery and plan the procedure carefully is to avoid a situation where you are unhappy with your results. So very, very, very few patients end up regretting their decision.
But there nonetheless are instances where a previous breast surgery may need to be touched up or revised, whether it’s because you want a different look, your lifestyle has changed, or other factors. And this is really no big deal.
That being said, we wouldn’t recommend you get a revision immediately after an initial surgery. A minimum 6-month waiting period is typically recommended to ensure your body has plenty of time to heal—and you have plenty of time to weigh your options—before pursuing a revision.
If I Get Pregnant, My Breast Augmentation Will Be Ruined
Of course, pregnancy will change your body in ways big and small, and not all of them will naturally return to exactly the way they were before. Every pregnancy is unique—not just between different mothers, but between successive pregnancies for the same mother. So yes, you can expect some subtle changes to the way your breasts are shaped during and after your pregnancy.
The good news, however, is the implants themselves are not at risk despite the increased breast size associated with pregnancy, and women with implants aren’t any more likely than women without them to experience significant changes. In fact, because implants help maintain more consistent volume, your breasts may actually be more resistant to sagging or other problems.
In other words, your breasts are no more likely to be “ruined” by pregnancy whether they’ve had implants or not. And if you are unhappy with your post-baby body, you can consider a lift, perhaps as part of a larger package of procedures known as a mommy makeover.
You Can’t Breastfeed After Breast Augmentation
Technically, this depends on the procedure used, but if you are still considering having children in the future and would like to be able to breastfeed, we can choose surgical techniques that will allow this.
If you see pregnancy in your possible future, we will make sure that the incisions avoid sensitive nerves around the nipple that trigger milk production, and of course avoid any damage to the milk ducts themselves or the connection between them and the nipple.
That said, the longer you go between your surgery and breastfeeding your infant, the better. If you are currently trying to have kids, you may prefer to wait a few years before a procedure. We’ll discuss the pros and cons with you during your consult.
Breast Augmentation Will Make Me Happier
We certainly hope so! But you must be doing it for the right reasons.
You should always go into any cosmetic surgery procedure with realistic expectations, and a firm sense of yourself and what you want to achieve. A breast augmentation can provide a huge boost to your self-confidence and your satisfaction with your own appearance. But it’s not going to repair a bad relationship or cure grief or depression.
The best candidates for surgery are in good health, are emotionally and psychologically stable, and have realistic expectations about the procedure. If that’s you—and you’re pursuing a cosmetic surgery for the right reasons—then yes, our goal (and our expectation!) is that you’ll be extremely pleased with the end result.
Recovery Takes Forever
Certainly not forever, although we won’t lie—it isn’t like you can go back to full activity right away, either.
No two recovery experiences are exactly the same, but in general you can expect 3-4 days of taking things very slowly (as in, stay in bed as much as possible and don’t raise your heart rate). “Light duty” (walking) is generally okay starting about 1 week after surgery.
After a breast augmentation, you can typically go back to exercise and cardio for the bottom half of your body in about two weeks, but you’ll still want to avoid over-working your arms or your core. Gradually you’ll be able to do more and more over the next couple of weeks.
Most people are back to full activity about six weeks after their procedure.
Concern Not Listed Above?
We’ve tried to cover some of the most common myths, questions, and concerns we hear about breast augmentation surgery, but—as we’ve said over and over again—each woman is unique.
If you’re considering breast augmentation or any other cosmetic procedure, we’d be happy to discuss the possibilities with you further!
After our conversation, you might decide a breast augmentation is definitely the way you want to go forward. Or perhaps you might decide that you aren’t ready for plastic surgery at all. That’s okay!
We are never going to force you into something you aren’t ready for, or recommend something that isn’t right for you. Our goal is to help you explore the possibilities and make the best possible choice for your body and your life.
To request your consultation, you can reach out online or call our office in Fort Lauderdale at (954) 380-8411.