As soon as you started considering a breast augmentation, you’ve probably been getting information from a ton of sources. This overload of information can be confusing, especially when you’re trying to sort out what is fact and what is fiction. Since we know how important it is to get your facts straight before choosing to go through with a major surgery like breast enhancement, we busted the most common silicone breast implants myths and provided you with the facts.
“Breast implants look fake.”
In the early days, some breast implants were really round and placed very high in the breast, resulting in the fake look people have come to recognize when thinking of breast enhancement.
However, now women have more options in choosing the size, shape, and placement of their breast implants, which can result in a more natural look. Plastic surgeons like Dr. Larsen are also able to recommend certain types of implants for different breast and chest types. So, if you’re hoping for natural-looking enhancement, don’t worry, you have options available.
“Breast implants are likely to rupture.”
As with the myth we busted above, this myth was true for early kinds of breast implants. Rupturing was thought to be harmful with silicone implants because the silicone could harden once it came into contact with tissue and muscles. However, silicone implants are the #1 studied medical device in the world, and deemed completely safe and not correlated to any medical condition. As a result, the FDA re-approved silicone implants back onto the market in 2006.
Nowadays, silicone implants are made with a more cohesive silicone gel similar to the texture like gummy bears. The high cohesion allows for the silicone to stay intact in the rare case there is a rupture.
“Implants need to be replaced after 10 years.”
Like all prosthetic devices, breast implants aren’t expected to last forever, but how long they last depend on a number of different factors. First and foremost, if an implant ruptures or leaks, then you would want to replace the implant as soon as possible. Ruptures are not harmful to the human body, but the saline implant will collapse and the breast will deflate, requiring additional surgery. When a rupture occurs in silicone implants, you may not realize it because there is no change in the implant or structure. Typically, patients find out about a rupture via diagnostic testing. All of our implant suppliers offer lifetime replacement warranties for ruptures. Replacement of the implant is recommended but not necessarily required with silicone implant ruptures.
Breast implants should also be replaced if capsular contracture occurs. Capsular contracture happens when the scar around the implants heals abnormally and then hardens. This results in hardening of the breast, displacement of the implant, and distortion. However, regardless of whether or not one of these conditions occurs, it is still recommended to have periodic check-ups with your surgeon to ensure the implants are doing well and you are healing properly.
Why Women Choose Dr. Larsen for Breast Augmentation Surgery
We have heard and seen it all over the past 20 years in breast augmentation surgery. Dr. Larsen has completed thousands of breast augmentation surgeries with his patients in mind every step of the way. We offer warranties through our breast implant manufacturers to protect your valuable investment. With Dr. Larsen, you can expect a plastic surgeon that wants to give you a natural look and feel. Check out our Breast Surgery Guide to learn more about all the options you have for your breast augmentation.