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Debunking 4 Cosmetic Breast Surgery Myths


Debunking 4 Cosmetic Breast Surgery Myths

All Breast Surgery is designed to increase breast size

While Augmentation Mammaplasty, commonly known as breast enlargement or colloquially referred to as a ‘boob job,’ may be the first procedure that comes to mind, there are other forms of cosmetic plastic surgery performed on the breasts. A Mastopexy, known as a Breast Lift, is designed to address loose or downturned breasts, however, it is not designed to alter breast size. On the other hand, Reduction Mammaplasty, or breast reduction, aims to do the opposite by reducing the size of larger breasts to match the patient’s desired proportions. It is important to note that while Augmentation Mammaplasty (breast enlargement) is of course one available option, other procedures with different outcomes do exist and should not be overlooked.


Breast Implants need to be changed every 10 year

The notion that breast implants must be replaced every 10 years is not universally applicable. While breast implants do not last indefinitely, if they are functioning well for an individual without any apparent issues, replacement is not necessary. It is advisable, however, to monitor breast implants regularly through monthly breast self-exams. Our blog, ‘Breast Health after an Augmentation Mammaplasty,’ provides guidance on how to conduct these self-exams with implants. If concerns arise regarding the integrity of the implants we recommend seeing a GP or surgeon. If the GP or surgeon indicates that the implants are intact, and the patient remains satisfied with them, intervention may not be required. However, if there are any changes or concerns, the patient may be redirected for further analysis as their healthcare provider sees fit.


Once you get Breast Implants, there is no going back

Contrary to the misconception that getting breast implants is a permanent decision, breast explant surgery serves as a viable solution for those seeking to remove their implants for either health or aesthetic reasons. Following an Augmentation Mammaplasty (breast enlargement), individuals may opt for breast explant surgery, for a myriad of reasons which vary from person to person. However, if the patient desires is to have their implants replaced, it is not uncommon for breast explant surgery to involve the replacement of implants. It is important to note that how the breasts will look after breast explant surgery is dependent on certain factors. These factors being the size and placement of the initial implants, the amount of breast tissue present and the extent of scarring. If the desire of the patient is to replace the implants this will depend on additional factors such as the size of the implants chosen during consultation.


You cannot breastfeed after Breast Surgery

The potential risk of the inability to breastfeed after breast surgery is just as viable as any other risk such as infection, asymmetry or anaesthesia reactions. Whilst Dr Scamp works to minimise the risks associated with any surgery it is impossible to eliminate them. Keeping this in mind, most women are able to breast feed after an Augmentation Mammaplasty (breast enlargement), Mastopexy (breast lift), Breast explant or even a Reduction Mammaplasty (breast reduction). The Australian Breastfeeding Association supports this notion, even highlighting the different ways in which mums who have had breast surgery can breastfeed. These being that you can either fully breast feed, partially breastfeed or breastfeed with the assistance of medication.


We hope that by addressing these myths that are often associated with breast surgery, patients can make informed decisions that contribute to their overall well-being and their ability to form realistic expectations regarding their chosen surgical procedure. For any questions regarding this topic please do not hesitate to contact us, as the best decisions are informed ones.