Breast implants make it impossible to breastfeed.

This isn’t true. Breast augmentation with implants does not interfere with the mammary gland, as the breast implant is placed securely under it. However, while this applies specifically to breast augmentation with implants, if the patient wishes to combine breast augmentation with a breast lift, then such surgeries to create a degree of risk for the patient’s ability to breastfeed. It is generally recommended doing breast lifts, whether with implants or without, after the breastfeeding period. 

Implants need replacing every few years.

Unless the implant is damaged or causes a rare complication, it doesn’t need regular replacement. Most plastic surgeons will point out that implant replacements are usually done for other reasons. Over time, the breast tissue around the implant may need a lift, with a different shape, size or type of implant being better suited for the changing breast anatomy. So, most breast implant replacements are done in response to the changing body, and not implant deterioration. 

There will be quite a lot of pain after the operation.

The amount of pain varies from patient to patient, with some experiencing virtually none, while others get more soreness than usual, but the pain is never extreme or prolonged and can easily be managed with medication. 

There will be ugly scars left by the incisions.

A scalpel always leaves a mark, but in the case of breast augmentation the scar is quite small, discretely located and will fade over time. Incisions can be made under the breast, around the areola of the nipple, or even in the armpit area. The common incision is under the breast, where the scar will become barely visible within 2 years. For the scar to heal properly, it is important to take care of if by using special silicone ointment and to avoid exposure to ultraviolet rays. 

Breast implants impede the ability to participate in sports or exercise.

This isn’t true. There is nothing about the breast implants that inherently creates an obstacle to an active lifestyle, provided that you do not engage in strenuous physical activity during the postoperative period. The postoperative period can last between two and three months. After that you may return to your normal exercise routine, provided you wear the appropriate supporting garment. At the same time, it must be noted that large breast implants add a significant amount of weight to your upper body, which is not advantageous for athletic goals. It is important that you discuss not only your aesthetic goals, but also your lifestyle goals with your surgeon to make sure you receive the best kind and size of breast implant for you.  

Breast implants can never look natural.

Achieving the most natural results is the goal of any plastic surgery, including breast augmentation. For many decades breast implant manufacturers have been focusing on delivering the most natural-looking results with every new implant they develop. Thanks to this, the vast variety of implants available today means that any woman can find an implant to fit her needs. The surgeon together with the patient will select the size and kind of breast implant that best suits the patient’s goals and her anatomy. An experienced surgeon will be able to tell what kind of implant will achieve the most natural results in relationships to the breasts’ current size and the overall proportions of the body. 

Breast augmentation with fat is better than breast augmentation with implants.

Breast augmentation with fat is a viable alternative to implants only if the patient is looking for an incremental increase in breast size. This type of operation is most commonly used in surgeries aimed at restoring breast symmetry and improving the overall shape without significant increase in size because breast augmentation with fat simply cannot safely achieve the same scale of size increase as implants. The good news is that fat transfer combines well with breast implants. Using fat in conjunction with the implants is an effective way to achieve natural results, as the fat can be strategically injected into certain areas of the breast to further hide the implant and maximize symmetry.

Implants can rupture and their contents can enter the blood stream, causing damage to the entire body.

Modern breast implants are completely safe, even when ruptured, and regardless of the material they are made of. There are basically two types of breast implants – silicone and saline. Silicone implants are filled with a silicone gel, while saline implants are filled with what is essentially sterile salt water. The rupture of either is highly unlikely, and usually occurs as a result of a larger injury to the chest. If a silicone implant ruptures, the gel will leak and the implant will have to be removed, but the gel remains in the shell – a layer of tissue that the body naturally creates around the implant. The silicone gel itself is non-toxic, so it’s presence in the shell is harmless. If a saline implant ruptures, the saline solution will be safely absorbed by the body. In both cases the implant will have to be replaced, but neither poses a risk to health.