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Breast Augmentation - Separating Fact From Fiction: Round 2

No matter the topic, there are lots of “experts” that really aren’t experts at all. People love to give advice on everything from not going out in the cold with wet hair because you’ll catch a cold (myth) to reasons why you shouldn’t get breast implants. breast augmentationJust because the advice is free and never-ending doesn’t make it sound. Now, are there potential reasons why a breast augmentation procedure might not make sense for you? Of course. The decision is complex and one that shouldn’t be made lightly, but it’s your decision. If you have questions or are merely curious what your options might be, contact our GLOW Surgical Arts clinic today and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. That advice is free and sound! Just to lay a little bit of solid groundwork, though, a few common misconceptions can be quickly cleared up:

Q: Will breast implants rupture if you fly in an airplane?

A: Simply, no. In 2009, a story made news headlines by implying a woman’s breast implants had exploded while she was on a flight from Moscow to Los Angeles. Read closely, though, and even after a catchy headline the article acknowledges that “doctors were quick to point out that the plane many not have been” the reason for the damage. A rather important detail, if not as headline worthy. Breast implants exploding on planes is an urban myth. In fact, the show “MythBusters” even investigated the myth -- and busted it -- in episode 2 of their 2003 season on Discovery Channel.

Q: Can you nurse after a breast augmentation procedure?

A: Most likely, yes. Every person is unique, but in general, women are indeed able to breastfeed after getting implants. Each person is affected by the breast augmentation differently, including when it comes to nipple sensitivity changes. The bottom line, however, is that you won’t know for sure if breastfeeding is possible for you until you try. Contrary to what might be “advised” to you by a non-expert expert, though, odds are that, yes, you can safely breastfeed after a breast augmentation procedure.

Q: Do you have to replace breast implants every 10 years?

A: Nope. It’s possible your implants will never have to be replaced. It’s also possible you’ll want to have them replaced after several years. As you age and your body changes, especially if there is major weight fluctuation, it’s possible that the changes will affect the way your implants fit with your body. There is no automatic guarantee that your implants will last forever, but there is also definitely no rule that requires a replacement every 10 years.

Q: How often to breast implants leak or rupture?

A: Not often. Typically, a rupture would be caused by a surgical error or a fall, and should an implant start leaking, your cosmetic surgeon will be able to rectify the issue with another procedure. GLOW offers both saline and silicone implants to patients, and the rare occurrence of a rupture presents itself differently with each material. Saline implant ruptures are immediately obvious because the implant changes shape. Luckily, the saltwater is harmlessly absorbed into your body in that instance. Silicone ruptures might go unnoticed for a long while because the visual change of the implant isn’t as dramatic. Again, though, like the saline solution, silicone leaks have not been found to be dangerous and your cosmetic surgeon would easily be able to rectify the problem.

Q: Can you be physically active with breast implants?

A: Absolutely. It’s important to let the recovery process after your breast augmentation procedure play out completely, but after that? It’s all fair game. Literally. There might be an adjustment period for you as you get used to your new breasts, but other than that, there are no limitations. Your implants aren’t going to rupture because you work up a good sweat playing soccer!

A breast augmentation procedure is a big deal. It’s a big decision. If you’re considering it, a GLOW cosmetic surgeon is happy to sit down with you and discuss every aspect of the procedure -- before, during, after -- and how it might affect your body and your life. It’s your body and your choice. Just keep in mind that a lot of the “advice” out there isn’t even necessarily based in fact!

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