Breast Augmentation: Truths and Hoaxes | Dr. Singh MD & VA
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Women have many options as far as cosmetic treatments. Breast augmentation, among them, takes more time and research to make a decision. Because of that, like with Botox, sometimes myths and misconceptions can dominate the popular consciousness. If you’re considering breast augmentation, read this helpful guide on some common myths about breast augmentation from our Chevy Chase, Maryland and McLean, Virginia offices.

No, you don’t have to replace breast implants every ten years

It’s true that breast implants aren’t meant to last forever. But ten years is an arbitrary number. Many women might shy away from breast implants thinking they have to be replaced every ten years, but it’s simply not true.

Breast augmentation with implants is dangerous

Like any treatment which requires surgery, breast implants should be considered carefully. But there’s no truth in the claim that breast augmentation can cause autoimmune disease, or that they can be dangerous during breastfeeding. While some women have claimed, anecdotally, that their breast implants caused a host of issues, it has never been empirically borne out that they cause autoimmune disease or can hurt a breastfeeding infant.

You pick a breast augmentation cup size

This myth has a bit more nuance to it. Women do, in fact, have control over what they desire out of a breast augmentation procedure. But treating it like choosing a cup size oversimplifies it. First off, cup size isn’t actually a perfect measure of our intuitive sense of breast size. And manufacturers differ slightly in their standardization.

More than that, the size of the implant a woman receives is still contingent on the current dimensions of her breast. Especially since surgeons recognize the most successful surgeries look natural. Therefore, any consultation worth its salt takes into account a woman’s current dimensions and the frame of her body.

If you’re interested in breast implants, make sure to find a cosmetic surgeon who knows what they’re doing. Good signs of a reliable surgeon include: knowledge of a wide variety of surgical techniques to complete the procedure, an understanding of the different types of implants a patient can receive and their various advantages, and a thorough pre-operative assessment of the patient.