There are many myths commonly heard about breast implants and it can seem impossible to figure out what is true and what is not. Many women fall victim to believing the myths that surround them. Here the truth behind some of the most common myths about breast implants is revealed.
1. It is easy to spot somebody with breast implants
This is false. Experienced and well qualified plastic surgeons are able to deliver results that look natural and are in proportion with the rest of the patient’s body. In cases however where patients are treated by a less experienced plastic surgeon the implants may be noticeable as the implants are often too large or badly positioned. In the last number of years the implants industry has improved dramatically and the breast implants now look more natural than ever before. Unless there are visible scars it is very difficult to tell if someone has had breast augmentation surgery as even when touching the breasts they feel natural.
2. Implants can rupture on airplanes
This is false. This is a very old myth and it still often gets asked in consultations. There is no way possible for the implant to burst. The implants used nowadays are extremely durable; they cannot be torn or burst.
3. Any implants will need to be replaced after a number of years
This is not always the case. Most women with implants make the decision to replace their implants after 10-15 years. More than often this decision to replace the implants is due to the fact that the individual is at a different stage in her life and desires a new shape or size as the current implants do not match their current body shape or size. If a woman has not experienced any problems with the implants it is not necessary to replace them.
4. Women with breast augmentations cannot breastfeed
As long as the nipples have not been touch, for example by getting a nipple reduction or an inverted nipple correction, there is no reason why you would not be able to breastfeed. It is natural and safe to breastfeed with implants. Most baby bottle teats are in fact made of silicon. However, if the surgeon performs uplift along with the augmentation, depending on the surgeon’s technique, this may affect a woman’s ability to breastfeed.
5. Mammograms cannot be performed on those with breast implants
This is false. It is certainly possible to have a mammogram if you have breast implants. However the practitioners need to be advised about the breast implants as a different machine is then used.
6. In cold temperatures implants can sometimes freeze
Implants do not melt in hot weather and they do not freeze in cold weather. While the implants may feel cold in freezing weather the implants themselves always remain within a few degrees of the body temperature.
7. Silicone implants are dangerous
This is not true. Silicone implants were once removed from the market for excessive testing and the outcome was that silicone was found to be very safe. Silicone is approved for all women who wish to have breast augmentation surgery.
8. Implants have to be removed if you are buried or cremated
This is a personal choice. Breast implants do not have to be removed if you are being buried or cremated however many people do request to have them removed. If a person is cremated with the implants the implants will be left at the bottom of the cremation chamber so both options are not affected by having implants.