For the last decade, breast augmentation surgery has been the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Whether women choose saline, silicone, gummy bear breast implants in Brandon, FL, just shy of 300,000 women achieve their ideal breast shape and size. However, with the popularity of the procedure, comes many misconceptions or myths about breast augmentation and breast implants that should be clarified.

Here are some of the most common misconceptions about the most popular cosmetic procedure.

  1. Breast Implants should be replaced after 10 years
    Although breast implants generally don’t last forever, there is no reason to replace a breast implant unless complications occur. For instance, complications associated with breast implants include a leak or breast implant rupture and capsular contracture. A ruptured saline implant is very easy to detect; however, a ruptured silicone or gummy bear implant can only be noticed through an MRI test.
    Furthermore, a capsular contracture is when a scar forms around the foreign object, or breast implant, which leads to hardening in the breast or discomfort. The older your implants are, the more likely they are to rupture or develop complications. There is no conclusive evidence that you must remove or replace breast implants 10 years after your procedure.
  2. Breast Implants can cause health problems
    There have been unqualified reports of patients who develop health issues or diseases because of their breast augmentation with implants. Scientific studies have refuted this associated claim, and there is no increased risk of breast cancer in patients with breast implants. It’s also important to state that all breast implants available in the US are FDA cleared, with extensive testing and statistics to ensure their safety.
  3. You cannot breastfeed with Breast Implants
    Since women generally undergo a breast enhancement in their 20s or 30s, they are generally worried about the safety of their baby while breastfeeding with implants. Studies have shown that there is no medical risk for babies breastfeeding from a mother with saline or silicone implants. Additionally, if you plan on breastfeeding, your board-certified plastic surgeon in Tampa may use specific techniques to reduce interference with nipple sensation and breast feeding, such as using an inframammary incision, placing the implant under the muscle, or choosing a smaller implant.
  4. Women can choose the cup size they want to be
    There are hundreds of options with the type of breast implant a woman can choose. Since there is an enormous range, a cup size after surgery isn’t completely predictable, since there is a variation in what each cup size refers to each bra manufacturer. For natural-looking results, an implant should be chosen not based on cup size, but based on the natural anatomy of the patient, and match their own breast’s characteristics.
  5. All Cosmetic Surgeons Perform Breast Augmentation
    Breast enhancement provides a self-esteem boost, and emotional benefits for a woman. It’s most important that the patient chooses a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in breast augmentation specifically. It’s also important to remember that “cosmetic” surgeons are not the same as “plastic” surgeons. Only plastic surgeons who are board certified have completed years of rigorous training and passed written and oral tests to become certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Although breast augmentation in Lakeland, FL, may seem like a simple procedure, ensuring you have a qualified expert in the operation helps determine and achieve your ideal results.


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Dr. Marvin Shienbaum is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience in all forms of Cosmetic Surgery, including Breast Augmentation, Tummy Tuck, Mommy Makeover, Brazilian Butt Lift, and Liposuction. He serves patients in the entire Tampa Bay area, including Brandon, Tampa, Lakeland, and Riverview, Florida. For more information about breast augmentation near you, please visit