It has been 50 years since the first breast implant was placed in 1962. Cutting-edge technology now makes implants safer than they have ever been before. Unfortunately, after all these years, misconceptions about implants still remain. Before deciding if breast augmentation is right for you, be sure to rule out the facts from the fiction. Some of the more common breast implant myths include:
Saline is safer than silicone.
At one time, silicone was thought to cause health problems. After years of research however, it has been determined that silicone implants are completely safe. “In scientific studies and in real life, silicone implants perform equal or better than saline implants,” states Dr. William Adams, a Dallas plastic surgeon.
Under the muscle looks the most natural.
Placement over or under the chest muscle is best determined by the woman’s unique anatomy and body type. “Some patients get better, more natural-looking results with the breast implants under the pectoralis major muscle, while others over the muscle” tells Beverly Hills surgeon, Dr. John Anastasatos.
Women with breast implants cannot breast-feed.
Modern breast augmentation techniques do not affect a woman’s ability to breast-feed. Dr. Paul Vitenas shares his knowledge, “The breast augmentation in and of itself will not affect your ability to breast-feed; (during the procedure) we don’t affect your nipple, nor the glands, or the breast tissue itself.”
A breast lift always includes implants.
A breast lift will address sagging tissue, but not volume or size. So if shape and fullness need improvement, implants may be included. “Many women say that they dislike the loss of fullness in the upper part of the breast,” Maryland’s Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez explains.
Breast augmentation with fatty tissue is better than implants.
A fat transfer will only increase the breast by one cup size, limiting those who can benefit from the technique. “Breast enlargement with fat transfer produces a different ‘look’. Implants tend to give a larger, fuller, higher breast. Fat injections generally produce less fullness and a more subtle enlargement,” says Dr. Stephen Goldman of Cincinnati.
It is understandable if you still have questions or concerns about breast augmentation. Call Houston’s number one breast augmentation surgeon, Dr. Paul Vitenas at (281) 407-7428, to have your questions answered and to schedule a personal consultation. Let Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery walk you through each step of the breast augmentation process.