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Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic-surgery procedures performed these days. The procedure, which increases the size and projection of breasts, helps women achieve their aesthetic goals.

However, the procedure is not without its fair share of critics. These critics claim that it is not safe, and while most if not all these claims are false, they unfortunately still cause a lot of fear.

Here, we bust some of the myths surrounding breast implants to help you make an informed choice when it comes to breast augmentation.

Myths vs. Realities

“Silicone implants are not safe”: This is one of the most prevalent myths regarding implants. Well, good news: silicone implants are quite safe, and the risks are very low. A ban was temporarily imposed on these implants in the ’90s, but after rigorous testing, it was found that silicone implants are safe for use and the ban was lifted.

“Implants cause problems with breastfeeding”: This is just a myth that time and time again has been proven false. The majority of women who have breast implants have had no problem breastfeeding their babies.

“Silicone can contaminate breast milk”: This myth simply isn’t true. Even if there is a leak in the implant, it is not possible for the silicone to get into the breast milk, because the two body systems do not interlink.

“Breast implants look fake”: When the procedure is done by a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, breasts with implants look completely natural and it is even difficult to tell them apart from breasts without implants.

“Implants make breasts sag”: Due to gravity and loss of muscle tone and skin elasticity brought on by age, breasts start to sag on their own eventually. Regardless of whether or not they have breast implants, older women will experience sagging breast at some point in life.

“Breast implants cause breast cancer”: There has been absolutely no evidence to support this claim. There is no correlation between having breast implants and increased cases of breast cancer.

“The procedure has to be repeated several times”: Unless you are not happy with the results or in the rare occasion that there is a leak in the shell, you do not need to repeat the procedure for at least 10 years. After this point, the implants may need to be replaced.

“All procedures are equal”: Every single breast implant is unique. Some of the factors that impact the procedure include the surgeon performing the procedure, the type of implant, the original shape and size of the breasts, and the build of the woman. All these factors cause results to vary widely between women, but in most cases, they suit each individual case perfectly.

Now that we have cleared up some of the myths around breast implants, we hope that if you are considering the procedure, you can make a decision knowing the facts.

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