It’s important to go into surgery being educated about your chosen procedure, and that includes knowing which rumors aren’t true. This is especially pertinent to breast implants.
Here are three generalizations about breast implants that are popular but false:
1. All breast implants can be detected by touch.
In patients with a thicker layer of breast tissue, it can actually be quite difficult to detect an implant. However, an implant can ripple or wrinkle; still, not all women experience this visible side effect. (It’s more common with saline implants and in extremely slender patients with little body fat.)
2. Breast implants become hard over time.
After implant placement, some women may develop capsular contracture-but definitely not all. If this does occur and creates discomfort or an unusual shape, scar tissue around the implant may need to be surgically released or removed, and the implants themselves may need to be replaced.
3. Silicone breast implants cause cancer and other diseases.
The FDA Breast Implant Consumer Handbook cites the highly regarded Institute of Medicine studies that dispel possible links between silicone breast implants and illness in some women. Among the independent panel’s findings: implants do not increase the risk or symptoms of autoimmune diseases.
If you’re still concerned about possible side effects or unsatisfactory outcomes, your best bet is to find a highly experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who can provide you with facts-not anecdotes and myths.
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