Myth Busting: 5 Common Breast Implant Myths
There are often myths associated with different types of surgical procedures and they can be accepted as the truth. Dr Hunt addresses some of the most common myths associated with breast implants and breast surgery.
Breast implants need to be changed every 10 years
Many people have the impression that breast implants need to be changed after 10 years, but this is not necessarily the case.
Like all products, there will be a life on the breast implant. After 10 years, it is advised that the implants are reviewed by a professional to check they are still intact and that the results of the breast augmentation are still the best they can be.
If there are no problem with the implants at 10 years then they do not need to be changed and further monitoring can be undertaken.
You can’t breastfeed after breast implants
When a breast implant is inserted, it does not disrupt the connections between the breast tissue and the nipple, ensuring the milk ducts can still function.
This means that people with breast implants should be able to breastfeed as freely as those who do not have breast implants.
However, the incision used to insert the breast implant, particularly incisions around the nipple can decrease the ability to breastfeed to some degree.
Implants behind the muscle have a longer recovery time
A breast implant can be placed in front of or behind the pectoralis (pec) muscle.
If the implant is placed in front of the muscle, it is more visible and this can create a certain look that some patients find desirable. If the upper part of the implant is to be more subtle, it can be hidden underneath the pectoralis muscle.
Placement under the muscle involves dividing some muscle fibers. This can be more uncomfortable in the first 2 weeks following the procedure, but the long-term benefits are worthwhile for patients who choose this option.
Breast implant associated illness (BIA) occurs in all breast implants
Recently, a number of women have experienced symptoms ranging from tiredness to rashes and a feeling of un-wellness that has then been related to their breast implants.
At this stage, there is no scientific link between breast implant illness and breast implants. However, it has been found that women who have some symptoms, can be relieved by the removal of their implants.
Further investigation needs to be done to clarify exactly what the association is between these symptoms and implants, and we hope to be able to provide a clearer picture in the short-term.
Saline implants are better than silicone implants
When it comes to choosing an implant, a saline implant or a silicone implant offer options.
In the past, saline implants were the only implants available until silicone implants were developed. Silicone implants are now on the fifth generation and in many surgeons’ hands provide a superior product, achieving superior results.
For patients who are concerned about the use of silicone, they do need to be mindful that the shell of the saline implant is in fact made of silicone.