Common Myths About Breast Augmentation Surgery

doctor-consultationIt’s understandable for patients to be a bit anxious before a breast augmentation procedure. Although breast augmentation is generally a very safe cosmetic surgery, it is still surgery and it’s perfectly natural to have some butterflies in advance. Unfortunately, the abundance of easily accessible (and unvetted) information about breast augmentation online can fuel this trepidation. That’s why the board-certified plastic surgeons here at Atlanta Plastic Surgery wanted to help clear the air by debunking a few of the most common myths about breast augmentation.

Your Breast Implants Will Have To Be Replaced After 10 Years

This is a very common misconception. It’s a fact that breast implants are not meant to last forever. Normal wear and tear over the years can affect the shape and condition of breast implants. However, in many cases breast implants can last longer than 10 years. The truth is that every patient is different and there is no set lifespan for breast implants. We strongly recommend checking in with your plastic surgeon for regular follow-up appointments to make sure everything is still as it should be.

A “Cosmetic Surgeon” Can Perform Your Breast Augmentation Procedure

It’s important to beware of any doctor who labels themself as a “cosmetic surgeon.” When choosing a surgeon to perform your breast augmentation, price is never a substitute for experience and expertise. In order to safely undergo a breast augmentation procedure and achieve the best, longest-lasting results, the surgery must be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Breast Implants Can Increase Your Risk of Developing Breast Cancer

Thankfully, this is not true. In fact, there is no proven link between breast implants and an increased risk of breast cancer. However, having breast implants does not mean that you can neglect your normal recommended breast cancer screening appointments. It’s crucial for women to maintain their normal screening routine (self-exams, annual mammograms and clinical breast exams) following breast augmentation surgery.

When trying to learn about a prospective cosmetic surgery procedure, we know it can sometimes be difficult for patients to know the difference between fact and fiction. That’s why our board-certified plastic surgeons are always happy to take the time to thoroughly answer any questions that our patients may have during pre-surgery consultation appointments. For more information or to schedule a consultation today, please contact Atlanta Plastic Surgery at one of our Atlanta, Alpharetta, Midtown, Cumming, or Canton area locations. You can also follow along with us on Facebook and Twitter for additional plastic surgery tips, news, photos, and much more.