Breast Augmentation Myths

If you’re looking into breast augmentation surgery in Long Island, you’ve probably done your research and found a ton of information, both positive and negative, about the procedure. The list of things to think about is extensive – first, selecting the right surgeon and then deciding on the implant material, size and shape, just to name a few. Breast implants have been around for more than 40 years, so there is a lot of information available, which can be good or bad and may even be incorrect or outdated. At Marotta Plastic Surgery, we understand that everyone has a different reason for choosing to undergo breast augmentation, and it can be an overwhelming prospect to discern the myths from the facts. That’s why we’ve chosen some of the top myths about breast augmentation to debunk – sharing accurate information with you as you make your decision.  

Women Who Get Implants are Vain

There is a myriad of reasons a woman might choose to undergo breast augmentation. Some patients may want larger breasts to balance out their proportions. Still others may have irregular or deformed breasts and want them corrected. Maybe neither applies, and you would just like a boost in confidence that larger or more shapely breasts can provide. Whatever your reason, breast augmentation is a personal decision, one that you should make without worrying about the unnecessary judgments of anyone else.  

If you have small breasts, there are a variety of reasons why you might select breast augmentation, including:

  • Genetics – In some cases, you’re just genetically predisposed to small breasts, and breast augmentation can help with that.
  • Tuberous breasts or other congenital abnormalities – Tuberous breasts are a condition where your breast tissue is constricted, which causes your breasts to remain small, but also may leave them looking asymmetric or misshapen.
  • Asymmetry – Asymmetrical breasts are normal, as most women have one breast that is a bit smaller than the other. But if one breast is noticeably smaller than the other, it can be a source of embarrassment or feeling self-conscious, especially when you aren’t wearing a bra.  
  • Reconstruction – For women who have had cysts removed, or a lumpectomy or mastectomy due to cancer, the resulting asymmetry, scarring and volume loss can leave you feeling like a vital piece of your feminine identity is missing. Breast augmentation can help you reclaim a sense of femininity and wholeness that your treatment may have adversely impacted, no matter your situation. Dr. Sheridan has performed over 1,000 reconstructive procedures, and will guide you through the entire process in a compassionate, sensitive way, restoring not only your shape, but the confidence that goes with it.

Breast Implants are Hazardous to Your Health

As long as there have been breast implants, there have been people claiming that they are dangerous or cause serious health hazards. Everything from autoimmune conditions to cancer have been attributed to implants, but there is no scientific evidence to support these claims. There have been studies conducted that involved thousands of women who have both silicone and saline implants, none of which have substantiated any claims that they pose a danger to your health. The result? Breast augmentation does not cause autoimmune diseases, and does not increase your risk of breast cancer. Additionally, all of the implants that are available in the United States are FDA cleared after extensive testing and research. In some rare cases, your implant may rupture or leak and need to be replaced. However, keep in mind that the material inside the implants will not harm you if leaking occurs – saline will naturally reabsorb into your body, and your surgeon can remove the leaked silicone gel when he takes out the ruptured implant.

That being said, there can be complications after breast augmentation, just as with any surgery. This is yet another reason why choosing an experienced, Long Island board certified plastic surgeon is vital to the safety and success of your procedure.

Any Surgeon Can Perform a Breast Augmentation

On the surface, this is true: any medical doctor can perform surgery. But do you want just anyone performing your breast augmentation? The most important factor in choosing a surgeon is board certification. If a surgeon is board certified, it means that they have undergone extensive training in their field, and demonstrated that knowledge through a series of written and oral exams. Additionally, board certification requires continuing education and periodic recertification. This ensures that the surgeon stays up-to-date on the latest advancements in their field and maintains the highest quality standards in patient safety and satisfaction. The second most important factor is experience – does the surgeon specialize in body procedures or face procedures? While you may get the results you want from a skilled plastic surgeon, you want someone who is knowledgeable about the nuances and details associated specifically with breast and body procedures.  

At Marotta Plastic Surgery, Dr. James Sheridan specializes in breast and body procedures. Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sheridan has an outstanding reputation and employs the most advanced, state-of-the-art technologies and techniques. A member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Sheridan has been in practice for over 30 years, and has performed more than 1,500 breast procedures, as well as thousands of other procedures, both surgical and nonsurgical. He understands that how you look on the outside can have an impact on how you feel about yourself, and is committed to providing his patients individualized care that is tailored to their unique needs and desired results.

If you’re thinking about breast augmentation to enhance the shape or size of your breasts, it’s time to ignore the myths and find out the truth at Marotta Plastic Surgery. Call our office today at 631-982-2022 to schedule a consultation, and learn how we can help restore your confidence in your shape.