If you want implants to increase the size of your breasts, then you may have completed a great deal of research on the best type of implant for your needs. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there and you may inadvertently read a false statement about implants. Keep reading to learn about a few common misconceptions and to also understand the truth.
Implants Need To Be Replaced
Some physicians and other medical professionals used to say that breast implants needed to be replaced about every 10 years. However, as implants have improved over the years, this is often not necessary. In fact, plastic surgeons do not want to replace an implant if they do not have to, as this increases the amount of scar tissue that can build around implants.
While implants may not need to be replaced, they should be examined regularly. Speak with your physician about any abnormalities as soon as possible. Lumps within or around the breast tissue, swelling, redness, heat and rashes on the chest are all signs of an implant issue. Also, an examination should be completed if one or both of the breasts suddenly change shape or size.
If there are no irregularities noted, then your physician may order an MRI around the 10-year mark. This can help the professional to identify any leaks or tears in the implants. If you have a silicone implant, then a removal and replacement must be scheduled. This is the best course of action with a saline rupture as well, but this is not considered an emergency situation, so you can work with your plastic surgeon to schedule an implant replacement when the time is right for you.
You Cannot Breast Feed
Some women believe that they cannot breastfeed once they have a breast augmentation surgery. This is true only if a double mastectomy has been completed. This type of surgical operation involves the removal of all breast tissue, including the milk ducts. So, breastfeeding is not possible and implants are usually used in this scenario to replace the missing tissue.
However, if you have not gone through a surgical procedure to remove tissue and the augmentation is used simply to increase the size of the breasts, then you can still breastfeed. The implants are secured either behind or underneath the natural breast tissue. In other words, the milk ducts are left intact and thus milk can be produced are released through the nipple.
If you want to know more about breast augmentation procedures, then speak with a plastic surgeon.