Breast augmentation in Baltimore is a popular procedure, but many are confused by contradictory information. Famous Baltimore plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Schreiber separates reality from myths and reveals the top 5 misconceptions he often encounters.
Silicone Breast Implants Can Burst
Many people believe that silicone breast implants can “burst” when put under pressure. They also believe that travelling in an airplane might be dangerous, because the cabin pressure could cause the implants to break apart. Silicone implants are not balloons, and do not ‘blow up’ during a flight, as some people believe.
All Implants Must Be Replaced After 10 Years
Another common misconception regarding breast augmentation in Baltimore is that all implants will have to be replaced after ten years. The truth is that breast implants only need to be replaced if the patient is not happy with their shape, or if they get rupture. Otherwise, there is no need to change the implant after every ten years. Silicone implants can occasionally rupture, but the silicone does not leak or spread into the body. It stays within the implant, so they are not dangerous they way they were when they first came out.
Women With Implants Can’t Breastfeed
Many women fear that breast implants will prevent them from breastfeeding their children. Any qualified Baltimore plastic surgeon will confirm that breast augmentation does not affect the ability to breastfeed. Breast implants actually have nothing to do with mammary secretions, and a woman with implants is just as capable of breastfeeding as someone without.
Implants Increase the Risk of Cancer
Many women believe that breast enhancements will make them more prone to cancer. However, accredited Baltimore breast augmentation institutions have stated that there is no definitive link between breast augmentation and breast cancer. Baltimore plastic surgeons encourage women to continue with monthly self breast exams, and to visit their doctor every 3-6 months for a more comprehensive exam. This is true for women with or without breast implants, because regular checkups can ease concerns and catch warning signs early enough for treatment.
Breast Augmentation Requires 6 Weeks Bed Rest
Some people have the misconception that breast augmentation surgery must be followed by six weeks of complete physical inactivity, which includes leave from work. In reality, breast augmentation is not that complicated. Patients with strenuous jobs, or jobs that require heavy lifting, may need to take a few weeks off. Patients with desk jobs, though, rarely require much leave. They can often get back to work within a few days after their breast augmentation surgery.
More information on breast augmentation can be found at: www.baltimoreplasticsurgery.com. Dr. Jeffrey Schreiber is a member of ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery), and is always willing to provide patients with advice. More information on cosmetic surgery is available at: www.surgery.org.