What’s Your Knowledge on Breast Augmentation?


Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the country. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASPS) estimates that there were over 290,000 breast augmentations performed in 2016. If you are considering this procedure, there is a lot of information important to know including many common misconceptions. How much knowledge do you know about this procedure? Sorting through what’s true and what’s false may help you to decide whether or not this surgical enhancement is right for you.

Everyone Will Know I Have Implants

Answer:  FALSE

An experienced plastic surgeon has the skill and experience to produce results that can meet the patient’s goals.  Your surgeon will consider your goals for the procedure, the shape and size of your natural breasts as well as your height and weight before proposing a plan for augmentation.

Breast Implants Are Only For Women Who Want Significantly Larger Breasts

Answer:  FALSE

While there are still those who desire the look of oversized breasts, there are many women who are seeking a far more natural profile. Their breasts may have lost volume over the years or some women may feel that their natural chest size leaves something to be desired. Either way, breast augmentation does not have to involve a massive size adjustment. Most women only go up one or two cup sizes.

Fat Transfer Is a Better Option Than Implants Because It Looks More Natural

Answer:  FALSE

Fat transfer can be used in certain cases but often there may not be enough available fat to achieve the desired volume. Additionally, fat transfer typically requires several surgeries, whereas breast augmentation with implants can be done in a single procedure. With implants being available in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and textures, most women opt for augmentation with implants.

My Lifestyle Will Have to Change After Breast Augmentation

Answer: FALSE

Although your activities may be limited in the beginning after your surgery, once you are completely healed, most patients return to all of their normal activities. Women with breast implants take fitness classes, train with weights, go skydiving and enjoy scuba diving among many other activities.