The cosmetic surgery industry, like many others within our society, is subject to many misconceptions and rumours. As breast augmentation is argued to be the most popular cosmetic surgery out there, it’s not surprising that the list of rumours is in-depth and rather peculiar to say the least. To try to shed some light on what is fact and what is fiction, this article will take a closer look at the top five myths that surround breast enlargement procedures.
One of the most talked about alleged problems with having a breast enlargement is that they’ll explode if you go on a plane, this myth, while entertaining albeit frightening, is not true. As stated on various respectable online sources, including Breast Plants.org, once you’re fully healed from your surgery you can resume everyday life. What is more, while some women have described a ‘tight feeling’ in their breasts when flying, this is nothing to be greatly alarmed about as implants are designed to withstand a high amount of pressure. Furthermore, once the flight is over, any tight sensation should disappear and you should feel perfectly normal.
Another persistent rumour is that of breastfeeding – most people say that once you’ve had a boob job you’ll be unable to breastfeed, which is yet another fallacy. It has been reported that breast enhancement surgeries have little to no effect on breastfeeding. The myth comes from the fact that periareolar incision (around the nipple) are the most likely to disrupt making milk due to how easy it is to damage nerves via this method. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to breastfeed. Moreover, if you decide on other incision methods, such as inframammary or axillery, you’re least likely to damage the mechanisms that help produce milk.
Also on this list is the myth that silicone implants are dangerous. The root of this myth comes from the fact that such implants were taken off the market and not brought back until 2006. Although concern is understandable, various tests and studies had been carried out that prove that silicone implants don’t cause illness and autoimmune disease.
In addition to the aforementioned myths, there is also the rumour that one surgical method is better than another. As explored in the breastfeeding section, certain techniques are better for a person’s situation than another, nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that method is better than any other, it simply means it’s best for that individual patient. Cosmetic surgery is about consulting one patients needs and tailoring that to suit them, which is why many cosmetic surgery practices give free consultations.
Lastly, the final myth is that breast implants cause breast cancer. According to the official Cancer Research website there is no link between silicone based implants and developing breast cancer. To reinforce this message, and in an attempt to put this myth to bed, The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks released a statement in October 2013 stating that all women with PIP implants aren’t more likely to develop cancer.
Overall, it is apparent that, as with all sectors of our society, the cosmetic surgery industry, in particular breast enlargement, is hounded with various myths that simply aren’t true. What is more, as technology and surgeries process, so does the safety and experience of the surgeons that use them. As with all surgeries, there are many different methods that are better suited to different people, which is way medical advice and personal consultations are advised and encouraged.