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4 Things You May Not Know About Breast Augmentation

How much do you know about breast augmentation, really?

You probably don’t know a lot, unless you’re a plastic surgeon or you have recently been looking into getting a procedure. As a result, there is a lot of misinformation floating around out there.

Part of the problem is that breast surgery techniques and technologies have advanced incredibly quickly over the last 20 or so years. As a result, a lot of people may still hold onto some outdated myths about the breast augmentation recovery period or the actual surgery.

For example, if you haven’t kept up with breast augmentation in recent years, you may not know the following things.

1. Today’s Implants Don’t Leak

A few years ago, you may have heard of women having problems with their breast implants rupturing or leaking. This could obviously be very scary and prohibitive if you were considering getting them.

Those leaks occurred in saline breast implants. Today’s more modern silicone breast implants don’t have that problem. The cohesive gel inside the actual implant doesn’t run, seep, or leak. As a matter of fact, they are warrantied for life and they will never need to be replaced.

On the other hand, saline breast implants typically need to be replaced every 10 years.

2. Today’s Implants Move Like Real Breasts

Modern cohesive gel implants are also engineered to look, feel, and move like real breasts.

They will actually change shape, depending on the patient’s position in space and gravity. A silicone implant will shift downwards when the patient stands upright to create a natural tear-dropped shape. And when they lie down, the implant’s shape will become more rounded.

Older saline breast implants would hold a more static shape and they don’t adapt well to movement.

3. A Breast Reduction Also Includes a Breast Lift

A lot of women may look into a breast reduction because they’re dealing with issues like back pain. But they may not realize they’re also getting a breast lift procedure that can give them a firmer-looking profile.

“To me, it sounded very obvious, but I don’t think it’s as obvious as I believed it to be. I would not want to make a smaller, low breast. I want to make a smaller high breast,” said Michelle Roughton, MD in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ Vlog.

4. Male Breast Reduction is on the Rise

Men don’t like to talk about it, but unwanted male breast growth will impact roughly half of all males at some point in their lives. Yes, poor diet and obesity are often to blame, but some men are simply more genetically predisposed than others to get this condition. They will develop them as they age, no matter how much they exercise.

For men dealing with this problem, there are safe and effective male breast reduction procedures like gynecomastia. The number of gynecomastia procedures has increased by 22% between the years 2000 and 2018.

If any of these facts have changed your mind about breast augmentation surgery, you may still have more questions. Your best bet is always to reach out to an experienced plastic surgeon to book a consultation.

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