There’s a lot of information out there on breast surgery and it can be hard to know what to believe. I truly believe the best way to learn is to meet with a surgeon for a consultation in person. If you’re not ready for that (and even if you are) then a great starting point is to research online. Take a look at review sites and find clinics and surgeons who have done some incredible work that grabs your attention. All surgeons will have before and after pictures to show you as well.
Looking natural - Implants should look natural and in proportion, a lot of potential patients come to me worrying they’ll look false and ‘plastic’. Experienced surgeons know where to place implants, more than that we know how to place them in such a way that they’re undetectable and will be indistinguishable from natural breasts to the touch. The quality of implants has advanced so much and they are designed to harmonise with the natural tissue of the breast. Ask your surgeon to feel some!
Your size, body shape and lifestyle will all be taken into account before surgery. It’s only really when you go to cut-price unregulated clinics that you’ll find people coming out with over the top breasts. It is now so difficult to tell if someone has had a breast augmentation unless there’s a visible scar under the bust, and even that heals to a minimal level. The most important thing is to raise any questions you might have during your consultations so that you understand and are happy with everything that’s going ahead and exactly what outcome you can expect.
Flying - Travelling with breast implants is something we get asked about a lot. You might hear horror stories of implants exploding on a plane for example! This is simply not going to happen, those stories are linked to the PIP scandal where unlicensed silicone was used. Implants nowadays are not designed to break, tear or pop, it’s not in their composition. The structure shifts under pressure meaning at worst they might move position slightly. If you were ever concerned about this go straight back to your surgeon who will assess. You can absolutely go through airport security scanners and they will appear as part of your muscle structure and they certainly won’t set of the detectors!
Breastfeeding - It’s understandable that you would think you can’t breastfeed once you’ve had breast surgery. Something has changed medically in that area so it follows that logically that it will not work in the same way, but there’s more to it. If you’ve had nipple correction or a breast uplift there’s a chance your ability to breastfeed in the future may be compromised, in which case it’s better to wait until you’ve finished having children to look into getting treated. In the case of a standard enlargement of the breasts there’s no reason you won’t be able to breastfeed. The implant is not placed in such a way as to interfere with the milk ducts. If you want a bit more of the science behind it your surgeon can certainly break it down for you.
For all seasons - another persistent rumour is that implants will freeze in the cold or melt in the heat; implants behave as your natural breasts do. If you do experience extreme temperatures then your implants will react accordingly. They might go a little colder and harder in freezing temperatures but this is nothing to be concerned about. If you can handle it then so can they.
Coming back in – Some prospective patients are worried they’ll have to come back every ten or even five years. A good clinic will have a comprehensive aftercare plan in place usually with a guarantee against breakages. If you were to have any issues then your surgeon would want to see you right away otherwise there’s no need to come back in as implants nowadays don’t wear out or ‘expire’. A lot of ladies like to come back in, as time passes they might want their breasts to be a more age-appropriate size or shape. It really is down to personal preference but it doesn’t hurt to get some professional advice.
It can also help to get in touch with someone who has had breast implants, they can tell you in their own words how it feels and what to expect. If you don’t know anyone who has had them your clinic or surgeon will be sure to know someone who’s happy to chat through their experience. Getting as much info as possible empowers you to make the best decisions for yourself!