Cosmetic breast augmentation involves placement of an implant behind the breast tissue. This helps give breasts a bigger and fuller appearance. It has been one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure ever since implants were first introduced in the 1960s. Breast implants are made of either saline or silicone. Modern implants are safer than they have ever been. There are many myths surrounding this procedure. Some of them are as follows:
Myth 1: They look unnatural.
When appropriately sized implants are placed with proper technique they give a natural look in the overwhelming majority of patients. The implants are chosen based on desires of the patient and dimensions of the chest. They are placed through an incision in the fold under the breast or through the axilla which usually give rise to inconspicuous scars. Modern silicone implants closely mimic natural breast tissue in texture as well as feel.
Myth 2: Inability to lactate.
Most women who undergo implant placement through incisions placed in axilla or fold under the breast are able to breastfeed. Only when incisions are placed around the areola is there is a likelihood of transection of ducts which help in milk secretion.
Myth 3: They can disease elsewhere.
It has been proven through research over many years that breast implants are very safe. They do not lead to any diseases elsewhere in the body.
Myth 4: They are very expensive.
They are not more expensive compared to similar surgical procedures. The total cost is determined by the cost of the implant, surgical facility fees, and physician fees.
Breast augmentation is an outpatient or short stay procedure. It is usually carried out under general anesthesia and takes around 2 hours to perform. Post procedure patient is prescribed medications to relieve discomfort. Patients can usually return to work after a week. Heavy exercises are avoided for 3 weeks. Patients are advised certain exercises which help settle the implant in the pocket.
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