As you research breast implants in Long Island and throughout New York, you do not have to look far to come across myths and misconceptions about the procedure. From misinformation about mammograms to false beliefs about how long implants last, it is all too easy to be misled.
You deserve to know the truth. This blog post will bust a few common myths you may have heard about breast implants and provide insight into the realities behind them.
Myth 1: You cannot get mammograms with breast implants.
You can get regular mammograms with implants. You do not have to sacrifice staying on top of your breast health to enjoy fuller, more voluminous breasts.
When you go in for a mammogram, you will need to tell your technician you have implants before your exam. The technician may need to take additional images to make sure your doctor gets a clear picture of your breast tissue.
Ultimately, your implants should not prevent you from getting an accurate scan. Learn more about breast implants and mammograms from the American Cancer Society.
Myth 2: You cannot breastfeed with implants.
Breast implants do not interfere with breastfeeding, but some incisions better preserve your ability to breastfeed than others. An inframammary incision is an excellent option because it runs along the crease under your breast, away from any milk ducts. An incision around the areola, on the other hand, carries a slightly higher risk of severing a duct or nerve.
During your consultation, let Dr. Newman know you plan to have children in the future and he will account for that in your surgical plan. Learn more about breastfeeding with implants in this previous blog post.
Myth 3: You must get new implants every 10 years.
There is no defined timeline for replacing implants, although many women do opt for a revision after 10 to 15 years. Breast implants are not lifetime devices, meaning it is highly likely you will need to replace your implants at some point in the future. Your timeline depends on your body, your goals, and whether you face any complications that require a breast augmentation revision.
Myth 4: Implants make breasts look fake.
Techniques, aesthetic preferences, and implants themselves are continually evolving toward a more natural look. Today, it is likely you know someone who has breast implants, though you may not have suspected it. The best way to achieve natural-looking results is to work with an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon who will help you select a flattering and proportional breast implant size and shape.
Myth 5: Only younger women can get breast implants.
As long as you are healthy enough to undergo surgery, age is not a factor with breast implants. Women often choose breast augmentation in their 50s and beyond to restore their figures or finally enjoy the look they have always wanted. You deserve to feel confident in your body at any age.
To see examples of what is possible with breast implants, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.
If you would like to discuss your goals with a plastic surgeon in Westchester, Long Island, or Manhattan, NY, please contact us online or call (914) 423-9000 (Westchester), (516) 882-1020 (Long Island), or (212) 472-6100 (Manhattan).