Debunking Breast Surgery Misconceptions

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Baltimore, Columbia, Owings Mills, Towson, Nearby Maryland & Lower Pennsylvania

Posted: July 13, 2017
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Breast augmentation is the most popular type of plastic surgery procedure in America, yet many people have misconceptions about it. Breast augmentation can be highly rewarding, leading to better self-image as well as better fitting clothes and a renewed sense of femininity, so we've put together this list debunking some common misconceptions.common-breast-surgery-myths-baltimore.png

Breast Augmentation Looks Unnatural

Some women may be hesitant to undergo breast enhancement surgery for fear of high, round breasts that anyone can tell are fake. However, this fear is unfounded. Advancements in breast implant technology and surgical technique mean that nowadays it is possible to obtain very natural looking breasts from a breast augmentation procedure.

Breast augmentation is very customizable, and you can choose your implant's:

  • Type
  • Shape
  • Placement
  • Size

Round or teardrop, B cup or DD cup, silicone or saline, it's all up to you and what you want your results to look like.

Breast Implants Are Dangerous

Often, women are worried that an implant will rupture or tear and become toxic to the body. The truth is that while both silicone and saline implants do rupture and cause leaks occasionally, these leaks are not harmful to the body.

If a saline implants leaks, you will be able to tell right away as it will noticeably deflate. With silicone implants, it's a little more difficult to tell, but it can be detected during checkups and may cause symptoms such as tenderness or numbness. If you suspect an implant has leaked, simply contact Dr. Basner to confirm and schedule a replacement.

Breast Augmentation Scars Are Large and Noticeable

Any type of plastic surgery will leave scars, including breast augmentation. It's just a fact of life that incisions leave scars. However, breast augmentation scars are concealed as well as possible, and they fade over time. Eventually, your scars will be virtually undetectable to a casual glance.

Breast Augmentation Also Lifts Breasts

Breast augmentation by itself will not lift sagging breasts. If your breasts are drooping significantly, you may want to look into a breast lift rather than augmentation.

Breast augmentation and breast lift procedures are often done simultaneously to both lift and enlarge the breasts. This combination procedure is especially popular with new mothers whose breasts have lost volume and begun to sag.

Breast Augmentation Can Affect Breastfeeding

While it is true that during certain types of breast augmentation surgery the nerves or milk ducts may be affected, this can be easily avoided by:

  • Placing the implant under the muscle
  • Making the incision under the breast or through the armpit  

Let Dr. Basner know if you're concerned about breastfeeding following breast augmentation, and he will discuss the best options with you.

Schedule Your Breast Augmentation Consultation

If you have questions or concerns about breast augmentation surgery, Dr. Basner can give you answers and help put you at ease. Contact Dr. Basner at 410-616-3000 today to schedule your initial consultation. We serve Baltimore, Columbia, Owings Mills, and Towson, Maryland.

Dr. Adam Basner