There are many myths surrounding breast implants and surgery but how do you find out the truth? We’re on hand to help with this list of some of the biggest fallacies and the real facts behind them.
Myth: Breast implants cause cancer
There is no clear evidence that breast implants either decrease or increase the risks of a person developing the most common types of breast cancer. Implants are sited behind natural breast tissue meaning that normal tissue can also be examined in the usual way. Some implants can cause difficulties for women having mammograms because they may not position well in the machines and so ultrasound may need to be used instead.
Myth: Implants made from silicone are dangerous
Any foreign item placed in a body will have an effect. An increase in pertness and breast size is evidence of this but silicone implants are not dangerous in most cases. There are some potential problems that anyone considering having them inserted should be aware of. These can include the creation of stretch marks and a loss of sensation in a small number of cases. Tales of nipples leaking silicone and exploding breasts during air travel are totally false, however.
Myth: Implants must be replaced regularly
Scar tissue can sometimes cause implants to harden over long periods and this is one reason why they have to be replaced but there is actually no expiry date in most cases and regular replacement is not required.
Myth: Round implants always look less natural than teardrop implants
In fact, round implants do not retain a particularly round shape after augmentation in most cases. They are designed to behave like a natural breast when lying down and have a teardrop shape when a person is standing up thanks to the mobile gel. They also normally have more of a natural feel and are softer.
Myth: Over the muscle implants look worse than under the muscle
In most cases, the exact opposite is true. Natural breasts are not contained under the muscle and implants done this way can lead to the implant pocket not being filled correctly and what is known as a ‘double bubble’ appearance forming. Under the muscle implants can be useful, however, in people who are particularly thin with little skin laxity and fatty tissue.
Myth: It is better for the implant to be placed using an armpit approach rather than inserting it under the breast.
This myth arises as a result of concerns about scarring but, with most Caucasian skin, an under the breast scar will be totally fine. The surgeon will actually have best access using an under breast approach to ensure that the implant is placed correctly and that bleeding points are secured.
Myth: You can rely on the warranty and choose a cheaper implant
Some manufacturers will offer a warranty but this is unlikely to cover the whole cost of having a new implant fitted. This is why it is essential to choose a good quality implant at the outset rather than thinking that a warranty will remedy any future problems.