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Breast Implant Myths

Posted on Friday, June 28th, 2013 by Dr. Babak Dadvand

As a plastic surgeon specializing in breast augmentation, my job is to not only make women look and feel beautiful, but also to educate them about breast implants and breast augmentation surgery. During the consultation I still come across some prevailing inaccuracies, let’s call them myths, regarding breast implants. In this post I have listed the most frequent myths regarding breast implants that I have come across:

  • Silicone implants are dangerous: Silicone implants were FDA approved in 2006 and are perhaps the most tested medical device on the market. They are safe, and no study in the last 20 years has shown otherwise.
  • Breast implants can cause breast cancer: Multiple studies have shown no correlation between breast implants and breast cancer. In fact, some studies have shown that women who develop breast cancer have their cancers found earlier when they have implants.
  • Implants must be replaced every 5-10 years: On average a woman who undergoes breast augmentation surgery, has another surgery every 10 years. This statistic takes in all reasons for having another surgery: 1) changing size 2) needing a breast lift 3) switching from saline to silicone or vice versa 4) capsular contracture, deflation , or other complication. This does not mean that if you are doing well at 10years, you need to have your implants replaced.
  • If breasts are droopy just use larger implants: Breast implants are not to be used as an alternative for a breast lift. In fact, if a woman truly needs a breast lift, just placing breast implants may make the breasts look worse.
  • Implant size = Cup size: First of all, breast implants come in volumes not cup sizes. That being said an implant in one woman will have a different result than in another woman. For example, using a 300cc implant in a 25 year old woman who is a 32A  and who has never had children will have a different affect than in a 45 year old woman who has had children and is a 36C.

To learn more about breast augmentation and to view before and after pictures visit my website at www.drdadvandplasticsurgery.com.

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