By Dr. Shareef Jandali
Breast augmentation is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the United States, with almost 300,000 breast augmentations performed in 2012, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The procedure is safe as long as it is performed on an appropriate patient by a Board certified plastic surgeon. There are many myths and misconceptions regarding breast augmentation with implants. This article will debunk some of the most common myths about breast augmentation.
Myth # 1 – Silicone implants are bad for your health – FALSE
Breast implants come in two different forms: saline and silicone. The vast majority of breast augmentations across the world are performed with silicone gel breast implants. Both types of implants have been proven to be safe and have very similar risks. Both implants have a silicone shell, but the saline implant is filled with sterile salt water and the silicone implant is filled with silicone gel. Silicone implants are FDA approved for any woman over the age of 22 years old. Silicone gel implants have a more natural feel and less of a chance of seeing ripples in the implant underneath the skin of the breast.
Myth # 2