Breast augmentation is a personal decision many women make every year. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons ranks breast augmentation as the number one plastic surgery performed every year. Breast augmentation is a procedure that many women know something about; however, they are often influenced by misconceptions that flood the market because of the demands for breast augmentation. Much of the misinformation surrounding breast augmentation is rooted in the popularity of the internet and social media. Breast augmentation is an interesting subject to most women so any information concerning the subject is quickly shared across multiple platforms. The initial breast augmentation consultation can be made much more effective if patients are clear concerning the truth vs. misconceptions about the breast augmentation procedure.
Breast Implant Sizing Is #1 Misconception
Breast implant sizing can be very confusing for patients. Patients should first understand that breast implant sizing should never be determined based on a lay persons idea. Breast implant sizing should be a collaborative decision between the plastic surgeon and the patient. The most prominent misconception concerning breast implant sizing is that a larger breast implant has the ability to lift up breast tissue if there is a component of sagging to the natural breast. Oftentimes prospective patients with sagging breast who are considering breast augmentation unknowingly search for an option that would provide a pleasing result without a breast lift. It is not surprising that women believe a large breast implant will ”fill up” loose and lax skin. The reality is the breast implant will have no affect on the loose and lax skin. In many cases a large breast implant can create new concerns and issues. For example, a “double bubble “appearance can happen as a result of the implant settling on the chest wall where it belongs, and the breast and skin hanging beneath the implant. Obviously this is not an aesthetically pleasing look. The bottom line is: large breast implants do not compensate for sagging breast. Make certain to check larger breast implants before and after photos.
Saline Breast Implants Have Warranties That Have Expired #2 Misconception
Saline breast implants were used in abundance by plastic surgeons following the removal of silicone breast implants from the market over 20 years ago. Saline breast implants were the only option for many patients until the new generation silicone breast implants were introduced to the market in 2004. Saline breast implants were used heavily during this time period. Many of these patients now have saline breast implants that are more than 10 years old. The #2 misconception is that these saline breast implants must be removed. This is not true. Many of the saline breast implants have a warranty that is a 10 year warranty which contributes to the surgical cost associated with replacing the saline breast implant should a deflation occur. Depending on the type of saline breast implants a patient has, the warranty terms can vary. Patients with saline breast implants should consult with their plastic surgeon to determine which of the saline breast implant warranties apply to them. Dr. Angelchik recommends that patients have an annual checkup to check the breast implants; however, there’s no reason to exchange the saline breast implants if the patient is not having any concerns or problems. For more information concerning breast augmentation, patients are encouraged to contact Dr. Angelchik for a consultation.
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