Silicone Breast Implants Myths

Some common misconceptions about silicone breast implants include:

  1. Silicone breast implants are not safe: This myth stems from concerns raised in the 1990s about the safety of silicone implants. However, extensive research since then has found no credible evidence linking silicone breast implants to systemic health issues like cancer or autoimmune diseases.
  2. Silicone breast implants always look and feel fake: Modern silicone breast implants come in various shapes, sizes, and textures, allowing for natural-looking and feeling results. Skilled plastic surgeons can customize implant placement and selection to achieve a natural aesthetic that complements the patient’s body shape and proportions.
  3. Silicone breast implants need to be replaced every ten years: While silicone breast implants are not considered lifetime devices, there is no set expiration date for their replacement. Many women have silicone implants that remain intact and satisfactory for decades without the need for replacement. Regular monitoring with breast exams and imaging is recommended to detect any potential issues early.
  4. Silicone breast implants cause capsular contracture in all cases: Capsular contracture, the formation of scar tissue around the implant, can occur with silicone breast implants, but it is not inevitable for all patients. Proper surgical technique, implant selection, and post-operative care can help minimize the risk of capsular contracture.
  5. Silicone breast implants interfere with breastfeeding: Silicone breast implants placed submuscularly (underneath the chest muscle) typically have minimal interference with breastfeeding, as they do not directly affect the milk ducts or glands. However, incisions made during breast augmentation surgery could potentially impact milk production or breastfeeding ability, depending on their location and extent.
  6. Silicone breast implants are detectable during airport security screenings: Silicone breast implants are not magnetic or metallic and do not set off metal detectors during airport security screenings. However, it’s advisable to inform security personnel about breast implants before undergoing screening to avoid any potential misunderstandings.

It’s important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to address any concerns or misconceptions about silicone breast implants. A qualified professional can provide accurate information, personalized guidance, and help individuals make informed decisions based on their unique circumstances and goals.

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