Five Common Myths About Breast Implants Debunked

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For years, breast augmentation has consistently been the most popular cosmetic surgery, with nearly 280,000 women in the United States opting for the procedure in 2015 alone. But a few persistent myths about breast augmentation keep many women from seriously considering this safe, effective procedure that lends a fuller, more proportionate look to the figure.

Here are five top misconceptions about breast implants – and the truths that debunk them:

  1. They’ll be obvious: Lots of women want breast implants, but many don’t necessarily want everyone to know that their look has been surgically enhanced. The carefully selected shape, size and placement of breast implants by a skilled surgeon can assure you a natural look.
  2. Implants must be replaced every few years: On average, the majority of breast implants last anywhere from 10 to 20 years without complications, and many last a lifetime. Recent reports by the US Food and Drug Administration show that as few as one in five women will have their implants repaired or replaced within a decade of the original surgery.
  3. They don’t move: Many prospective patients want to be assured of not only a natural look, but also a natural feel and movement of their augmented breasts. Today’s silicone implants are particularly effective, offering a softer feel and bouncier movement that more closely mimics natural breast tissue than earlier implants.
  4. I won’t be able to breastfeed: Not so. Professionally performed breast augmentation won’t affect the direct relationship between the breast glands/ducts and the nipple. However, certain factors may affect how easy breastfeeding will be for you and your baby. These factors include placement of the implant between the breast tissue and chest muscle or under the chest muscle, as well as the type and placement of incisions. Talk with your surgeon about whether you plan to have children and breastfeed in the future.
  5. I’ll have to drastically change my lifestyle: As with any surgical procedure, you’ll have a few limitations placed on you in the weeks immediately following your procedure. You’ll want to avoid exercise and other strenuous activities, and you’ll likely want to take a week off from work. But once you’ve recovered, you’ll be able to go back to your normal routine.

If you’re considering breast augmentation, don’t let the myths and misconceptions sway your decision. Call 904-396-1186 to schedule a consultation with Parkway Plastic Surgery today.

What Really Happens When a Breast Implant Ruptures?

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It’s been a top concern of women considering saline or silicone breast implants from the time they were first available – What happens if an implant ruptures or leaks?

The bad news is that ruptures and leaks do happen. Falls or car accidents can cause ruptures; unintended creases can weaken the surface of an implant and, in saline implants, valves can become unplugged or obstructed by tissue growth, causing leaks; and implants of both types can simply weaken with age, which is why plastic surgeons typically recommend replacing implants every 10 years.

But there’s good news. Despite scare tactics and misinformation, ruptures and leaks are statistically rare and generally harmless if addressed quickly and effectively. Because silicone is a relatively solid substance, the contents most often remain inside the shell even in the case of a break. With time, ruptured silicone breast implants can cause soreness, pain or inflamed tissue and change the contour or shape of the breast. However, contrary to persistent rumors, silicone breast ruptures or leaks have not been linked with breast cancer, reproductive problems or connective tissue disease.

In the case of a saline implant break, the breast will flatten quickly and the body will simply absorb the salt water. If not noticed and treated relatively quickly, soreness or infection can occur. But such cases are rare and easily treatable.

If you’re considering undergoing breast augmentation for the first time, or if your breast implants are more than 10 years old, Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery can help determine the best approach to ensure a beautiful look and safe, long-lasting results. Call 904-396-1186 to schedule a consultation.

Over 40 and Considering Breast Enhancement? Here’s What You Need to Know

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The childbearing and nursing years are behind them and menopause hasn’t yet hit. That’s the sweetspot of time wherein women increasingly are choosing to finally go for a certain confidence-boosting procedure they’ve likely been considering for years. Cosmetic surgeons nationwide say they’re seeing an increase in women over 40 opting for breast enhancing procedures including breast augmentations and lifts. If you’re among them, here’s what you need to know.

  1. You’re certainly not alone: Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons shows that women over 40 rank the second highest for breast augmentations. Of the more than 279,100 breast augmentations performed in 2015, 80,668 were for women over 40, second only to women in their 30s (103,738).
  2. Breast augmentations won’t affect your mammogram: A top concern of women in their 40s is the increased risk of breast cancer. Rest assured, that breast implants won’t interfere with having mammograms, particularly if you opt for implants to be placed under the muscle. However, you should always let your mammography technician know that you have implants before the imaging process starts. This allows the technician to tailor the procedure the procedure accordingly.
  3. You’re smarter about it today: Younger patients often have unrealistic expectations of just how a breast augmentation will make them look and feel. By their 40s, however, women have a better understanding of their own reasons (typically age-related volume loss) for and limitations of this and other procedures to help them feel confident. They know that true confidence starts within – cosmetic work simply helps build on that already strong base of self-esteem.

If you’re considering breast enhancement, no matter your age, Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery can help. Call 904-396-1186 to schedule a consultation today.