Whether people are gossiping about the latest celebrity rumors or trying to decide if it’s right for them, breast augmentation is clearly the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States. However, with all the rumors and misconceptions floating around, there is still a lot of confusion about certain aspects of the procedure. Today, I’m here to clear things up.
Saline and Silicone implants are very different from eachother.
Probably the most noticeable difference is that silicone looks and feels more natural than the saline implants because of the silicone gel’s similarity to breast tissue. It is also less likely for silicone to ripple, however, if a saline implant ruptures, it is easily flushed from your body, which is made up of 60% saline. Silicone can be hard to remove from your body if an implant ruptures (though the new MemoryShape silicone implants have been shown not to rupture over a six year clinical study). Overall, especially with the new advances, silicone implants are the more popular decision and have improved immensely in safety which has made them the more common choice over the cheaper saline implants.
Breast implants do NOT increase the risk of you getting breast cancer!
Let’s just get this one out of the way in the beginning. Breast implants do not make you any more susceptible to breast cancer. However, it is important that you inform Dr. Benien if there has been a significant history of breast cancer in your family so that he can work best with you to avoid any complications.
Implants do NOT interfere with mammograms.
Despite popular belief, there is no interference caused by the implants, though a few more x-rays may be necessary in order to see around the implant.
Stretch marks are NOT common with implants.
Don’t worry. Stretch marks are not common with breast augmentations, however, there is a slight chance if you are going for one of the larger cup sizes depending on your skin.
Implants will NOT cause sagging.
Interestingly enough, breast implants are far more resistant to sagging than your natural breast tissue. If you don’t have a lot of breast tissue when adding an implant, you will almost never have to be concerned about sagging. If however you had a good amount of breast tissue to begin with, normal sagging will occur with age.
If you have been considering a breast augmentation, board certified Dr. Paul Benien would love to discuss your various options with you and clear up any further confusion. Here at the Cosmetic Surgery Center of Oklahoma, we believe in keeping our patients informed to ensure an absolutely pleasing and rewarding experience.