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Breast Implants: Fact vs. Fiction

November 29, 2018

For the past two years, breast augmentation has been the most popular cosmetic procedure according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

While it’s widely-known as a safe and effective treatment with minimal downtime, there are still some common misconceptions about breast implants.

That’s why it’s important for patients considering augmentation to understand breast implants: fact vs. fiction.

Here are four breast implant myths debunked.

1. Breast Implants Are Permanent and Don’t Need to be Replaced

Although breast implants are extremely durable, they are not meant to last a lifetime.

Depending on normal wear and tear, women can expect to replace their implants every 10 years. In fact, the likelihood of rupture after a decade is 10%, as risk increases 1% each year following the initial surgery.

2. If You Have a Mammogram, Your Implants Will Rupture

The likelihood of breast implants rupturing from the pressure exerted during a mammogram is extremely rare.

That being said, women with augmented breasts should continue to perform monthly breast exams and undergo diagnostic imaging as recommended by their physician.

As a precaution, women with breast implants should advise their doctor, x-ray technician, and radiologist that they have implants and ensure that they have extensive experience performing mammograms under these circumstances.

3. Breast Implants Cause Cancer

When it comes to breast implants: fact vs fiction, many people falsely believe that implants cause cancer.

Breast implants have undergone rigorous clinical-testing to demonstrate their safety and gain FDA-approval. Therefore, women considering breast augmentation can rest assured that implants do not cause cancer.

Nevertheless, in 2011 the FDA identified a possible link between breast implants and a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma called anaplastic large cell lymphoma. Additional research is being conducted to help prevent and treat this condition.

4. Breastfeeding Isn’t Possible for Women with Implants

Although incision type and implant placement have the possibility to affect nipple sensation, breast implants do not pose any risk to mothers or their babies. As such, breastfeeding with implants is entirely safe and possible.

However, if being able to breast-feed post-augmentation is a concern, be sure to discuss it with your plastic surgeon during your initial consultation. This will allow him to develop a surgical plan that best meets your needs and goals.

If you are considering breast implants and have additional questions about the procedure, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with our highly-skilled and board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Navin Singh.

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