Misconception 1 – Women should change their lifestyle and activities after getting implants.
Dr. Jeff Popp: No. Why would they do that? Some do change just based on self-confidence issues. But usually breast augmentation increases a client’s self-confidence.
Misconception 2 – You shouldn’t wear an underwire bra if you get implants.
Dr. Popp: That’s false. In fact, we encourage it in the first three months after implants because an underwire bra helps fix the crease below the breast where the breast meets the chest wall. By wearing one, you’re more likely to keep the implants in position and from shifting downward.
Misconception 3 – If I have my breast lift and breast augmentation done at the same time, I’ll only need one surgery to see the results I want.
Dr. Popp: Possibly. When you do a breast lift and implants simultaneously, you have some of the highest risk of complications of any other procedure. Some surgeons elect to do the lift first and, once you’ve healed, then do the implants.
Misconception 4 – I only need an incision around the nipple/areola area, so I don’t end up with scars on my breasts.
Dr. Popp: The scars are probably the least relevant thing in this situation. All scars can potentially be covered or hidden or they don’t end up being a big deal. My philosophy is to choose the incision your surgeon is most comfortable with. There are four ways: through the armpit, the nipple, below the breast or through the belly button.
Misconception 5 – If I choose the same surgeon and the same implant, I’ll get similar results as someone else.
Dr. Popp: No. Patients bring in pictures of women saying, ‘this is what I want to look like.’ I can shoot for that but it’s not just the implant. What dictates the shape of the breast and where the nipples are is the existing breast before the implants were put in.
Misconception 6 – Breast implants will last for the rest of your life.
Dr. Popp: False. All implants will eventually leak saline or silicone. The average lifespan is 10 years. In my own practice I’ve seen implants rupture within the first year and I’ve seen some last 30 years so there’s a pretty wide range.
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