A report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons shows that around 300,000 women underwent breast enlargement surgery in 2014 alone. Despite its popularity however, there’s a deluge of misinformation floating around about what boob jobs actually involve.
If you’re thinking about getting breast implants but aren’t sure what to believe, you’re in luck. We’ve sifted through the rumor mill and uncovered the truth behind some of the most popular breast augmentation myths.
1) Boob jobs are all enormous
While larger implants are the desired look for some, more women are choosing implants that are subtle.
The common perception is that a breast augmentation will leave you with obscenely large breasts and a bra size ranging somewhere in the latter half of the alphabet. This couldn’t be further from the truth. According to a study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal in 2009, 80 per cent of women who underwent breast augmentation opted for implants between 300 and 400 cc – roughly the size of a C cup.
While larger implants are still the desired look for some, a lot more women are choosing implants that are subtle. Most of the time, these women are just looking to feel more confident in their own skin and fill out their clothes a bit better, dismantling the view that women only get breast enhancements because they want over-exaggerated chests.
2) The scar will be ugly
Every surgery will leave a scar. The scars from breast augmentations, however, usually heal exceptionally well, resulting in extremely faint scarring.
The location of the incision will also affect scarring. A periareolar incision, for example, is almost undetectable as the cut is made on the line of the areola. Because there is already a skin-wise colour contrast here, the scar will be very well disguised. Esteem also offers inframammary incisions, where the scar will be hidden by the fold of the breast.
3) You’ll look how you want straight away
Unfortunately, you wont walk out of the operating theatre with the breasts you and your doctor discussed straight away. Because muscles tighten during surgery, your implants will sit higher on your chest and maybe even look a bit weird to you. Don’t stress! This is only temporary. After a few weeks, your muscles should relax and your implants will settle nicely onto your chest.
Because of this, it’s best not to schedule your augmentation before any major events. Allow your new breasts the time they need to adjust and you’ll be happy with the results.
4) All breast implants feel fake
While this may have been true in the past, implants have come a long way since their inception. Silicone implants, for example, tend to feel natural much faster than saline implants.
Placement and existing breast and muscle tissue all play a part in determining whether augmented breasts feel natural. Generally, implants under the muscle feel more organic since there is more natural tissue over the implant.
Unsurprisingly, the size of the implant is also important. Larger implants often don’t feel as authentic as smaller ones, since there is a higher tissue-to-implant ratio. Over-filled saline can feel particularly firm, although some women prefer this look.
5) Breast augmentation is painful
Post op recovery is relatively straightforward. While it differs for everyone, you will typically feel a minimal amount of pain. In an article on RealSelf.com, Grace Gold, author of The Boob Job Bible: How To Get A Safe, Sexy Breast Augmentation, even writes that she thought the pain from her wisdom tooth removal was more intense than the pain from her breast augmentation.
While it is likely you will experience some discomfort, it’s nothing that can’t be alleviated by Panadol or ibuprofen. Most people are up and about the next day!
One fact that holds true even to this day is that breast augmentation is among the widely successful cosmetic procedures. Therefore, schedule your consultation with us today, and let’s walk you through the process that takes you to your desired outcome.