Breast augmentation can be scary for those who have never gone through the procedure before. With the correct information and the right doctor, however, there's a greater chance you'll feel comfortable throughout the entire process. In the end, you'll likely be pleased with the results and have found the journey to get there rewarding. In the first partof our two-part series, we discussed some common myths associated with breast augmentations, which include:
- Recovery time is long and difficult.
- The procedure is only for aspiring supermodels.
- Surgery is too risky.
- Breast surgery is one and done.
We replaced each of these myths with truthful statements. Here are four more myths about breast augmentation surgery you need to know before scheduling your appointment.
1. Botox is an alternative treatment
The debate goes both ways. According to the Daily Mail, many women in the UK have turned to a new form of breast augmentation therapy: Botox. But does it work? The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery says the procedure can lift breasts, but will only raise them about 2 CM. The Daily Mail, on the other hand, claims the process can increase breast size by a cup. Whether or not Botox is a viable treatment option is best left to the woman's personal doctor.
"The impact of implants are women-specific."
2. Implants improve quality of life
The impact of implants are women-specific. Implants themselves won't change your personality. If you love curling up with a good book on Friday nights while your friends go dancing, implants won't make you feel any more inclined to go out. The same can be said about facing your fears. If you have a fear of public speaking, implants won't help you overcome stage fright. However, according to Glamour Health, "many women do report feeling more confident soon after getting implants." If their small breasts typically made them feel self-conscious, say, on days they went to the beach, their newly shaped chest may help them feel less hesitant about wearing a bikini.
3. My life will never be the same
For a brief while after your surgery, you'll have to change your daily routines. If you normally go to the gym, for example, you'll likely have to stop working out until you've fully recovered from your surgery. If you have a job that requires a lot of lifting, you may have to take time off or ask your boss to assign you new activities. However, after you've fully recovered, you will be able to get back to your day-to-day life.
If you're more concerned about how friends, loved ones and even strangers will perceive you post-surgery, it's important to understand that every woman's situation is different. The best advice we can provide is to have a healthy support group around you, which includes friends, loved ones and professionals. This group will provide you with a guiding hand before, during and after the procedure and, thus, make you feel comfortable about your decision.
4. Silicone implants are dangerous
When breast implant surgery was first conducted decades ago, the dangers of silicone implants were a hot topic of debate. In 1992, the FDA even required manufacturers to stop supplying implants and surgeons to stop using them. Today, however, much of that fear has subsided as the FDA has approved five types of silicone-gel-filled breast implants for women 22 years of age and older. These include Allergan Natrelle, Allergan Natrelle 410 Highly Cohesive Anatomically Shaped Silicone-Filled Breast Implants, Mentor MemoryGel, Mentor MemoryShape and Sientra's Silicone Gel Breast Implants.
For more information contact Dr. Taglienti of Marotta Plastic Surgery Specialists.