Breast augmentation is one of the most misunderstood and stereotyped medical procedures. Unfortunately, this misinformation keeps many woman from getting the procedure, and they miss out on getting the shape they’ve always wanted.
Here, we’ll walk you through some common myths surrounding breast augmentation we hear here in Orange County, and give you the information you’ll need to make an informed decision.
This is probably the most commonly heard myth surrounding breast augmentation. Yes, your friends and family members will notice a difference. But a breast augmentation will not be obvious to most people, so long as you choose an implant size that compliments your body shape.
Bigger won’t always be better when it comes to implants. Dr. Klicker works with you to find an implant that best fits your body type so that you get the most natural result possible.
This myth used to be true. Older implants could be noticeable by touch, especially if they were large. But advances in medical technology have led to a whole new generation of breast implants.
These new implants feel like natural tissue, with the same softness and give. Even those that know you’ve had the implants will struggle to tell the difference.
Sure, there are insecure people that get breast implants. There are also plenty of insecure people that go to the dentist. That doesn’t mean getting your teeth cleaned shows a lack of confidence.
For many people, a breast augmentation is simply about taking control of their self image and getting the shape that they’ve always wanted.
A small percentage of saline implants will require replacement due to deflation. And this is often caused by a slow leak, not a sudden burst. If you have a silicone implant, you’ll be even less likely to have deflation.
That being said, silicone implants are not always the better choice. In some cases, a saline implant will be better for the shape or size that you want for your breasts.
This is just flat out false. In fact, mammograms may actually be clearer when the patient has implants.
Cup size is a very inaccurate way of measuring breasts, and tells you little about the actual shape of the breasts.
When you’re looking to get a breast augmentation, Dr. Klicker bases the procedure on your unique chest shape, not on an inexact measure like cup size.
This is another unfortunate myth that keeps many woman from getting a breast augmentation. The procedure is very safe, and the incisions are often very small.
This is another common myth that exaggerates rare complications. There are a few cases where implants need to be replaced due to leaks.
However, implants are designed to last a long time. Unless you want to make an alteration to your breasts after the initial procedure, you don’t need to worry about replacing your implants.
There are some implants that will make it hard to breastfeed, especially if you want a very large implant. But in most cases, your surgeon can ensure that you will have no issues with breastfeeding after the procedure.
When you consult with Dr. Klicker, be clear about your goals from the procedure, and let him know if you plan on giving birth and breastfeeding. He can tailor your operation and recovery so that you don’t have to worry about any complications that could interfere with breastfeeding.
This is yet another myth where people take a rare side effect and assume it applies to everyone.
There are some cases where excess swelling after the operation may require draining tubes. And these cases all tend to involve very large augmentations.
For most cases, you have no need to worry about drain tubes.
Some numbness is a common side effect in the days after the procedure. That’s because the implants put pressure on the nerves in your breasts. This side effect tends to be worse with larger implants.
However, this numbness almost always goes away as you recover. In fact, most patients begin to recover sensation in only a few days, and are back to normal after a couple of weeks.
Despite the fact that many women get breast augmentations to prevent sagging, there is still the myth that implants will make sagging worse.
Breast sagging is a natural process, and breasts implants will not cause it to speed up.
Surgeons who perform breast augmentations are like any other medical professionals. Most are highly skilled and dedicated practitioners who respect your privacy.
Sure, there are some bad surgeons out there. And there are some creepy dentists too.
Most breast augmentations are outpatient procedures that will only take an hour or two to perform. However, don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s an easy surgery to perform.
The surgery only seems easy because it is being performed by a skilled practitioner with years of experience.
A trained cosmetic surgeon will have years of training working with specialized cosmetic cases. By contrast, normal plastic surgeons only see a handful of cosmetic cases per year.
You’ll want to choose a board-certified cosmetic surgeon for your breast augmentation. This ensures that your doctor has the right experience.
You’ll also want to find a doctor who will go through an extensive consultation process before the surgery. Dr. Klicker walks you through every aspect of the surgery so that you get the results that you want. And he’s available after the procedure, should you have any questions about the recovery process.