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Debunking 6 Common Breast Implant Myths
Common Breast Implant Myths

Debunking 6 Common Breast Implant Myths

Breast augmentation surgery’s popularity is supported by its widespread demand and consistent ranking among the top plastic surgery procedures sought by individuals globally. Breast Augmentation Surgery have recently gained much popularity in Singapore due to its healthcare system standards, strict safety regulations, and high-quality medical facilities, along with factors such as cultural norms, technological advancements, affluence, and accessibility. 

There are a variety of breast implant types available, offering different shapes to help achieve a natural appearance and texture for the breasts.

Despite the popularity of breast enlargement procedures, there are still some misconceptions and fears associated with it. These myths are usually related to breastfeeding, replacement of the implants, and worries about losing sensations.

In this article, we debunk 6 common breast implant myths to help you make an informed decision. But before that, here is what you need to know about breast augmentation in Singapore.

What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is also known as breast enlargement or a “boob job”. It is a cosmetic surgical procedure primarily aimed to enhance the size, contour, and balance of the breasts through the insertion of implants or through fat grafting techniques.

Breast augmentation can be performed in conjunction with a mastopexy, a breast-lifting surgical technique to correct sagging breasts which may have occurred due to ageing, breastfeeding, or weight loss.

What Are the Common Types of Breast Implants?

1. Ergonomix Breast Implants

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Ergonomix implants feature a dynamic gel formulation, unlike traditional breast implants that maintain a fixed shape. This gel in Ergonomix implants adjusts to the body’s movements, allowing the implants to change shape with the patient’s body for a more natural contour, closely resembling natural breast tissue.

Moreover, the teardrop shape of Ergonomix implants is ideal for individuals seeking subtle enhancement or post-mastectomy reconstruction, as it delivers a more natural-looking appearance.

2. Teardrop Breast Implant

Round Breast Implant

Teardrop is also known as anatomical implants and are designed to provide a more natural-looking breast shape. They are particularly well-suited for petite women with minimal breast tissue. These breast implants create a gentle slope from the nipple towards the breastbone, resulting in a subtle and lifelike contour. 

3. Round Breast Implant

Round breast implants are the preferred option for women who are seeking a classic breast shape. It creates fuller breasts by adding more volume to the top of the boobs, helping to achieve a curvaceous figure. It is suitable for women who have some breast tissue to conceal the implant. Round implants provide overall even proportions, shaping the breasts uniformly.

What is the process of performing breast augmentation with Ergonomix breast implants?

Breast augmentation in Singapore, using Ergonomix breast implants, is generally performed as an outpatient procedure in which patients can return home on the same day after the surgery. The surgery usually takes about 1-2 hours to complete. It includes the following steps:

1. An incision is made in one of these three zones:

    • Periareolar: Around the areola
    • Inframammary: Under the breast
    • Axillary – Within the armpit

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2. Implants are then inserted either below the chest muscle or behind the breast tissue.

3. Lastly, incisions are closed using sutures. 

Reasons Women Consider Breast Augmentation in Singapore

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Breast augmentation is performed for various purposes. Some of these reasons include:

  • To enhance feminine contours
  • To correct breast volume problems like mammary hypoplasia or breast asymmetry
  • To lift sagging breasts
  • To enlarge naturally small or underdeveloped breasts
  • To correct asymmetrical or unevenly shaped breasts
  • For breast reconstruction after undergoing:
    • A lumpectomy – partial removal of a breast
    • Mastectomy – total removal of a breast

What Are the 6 Common Myths Associated With Breast Implants?

Myth 1: Inserting Silicone Breast Implants Are Dangerous

Silicone implants are considered safe and are one of the most tested medical devices today. To date, no related systemic illness or autoimmune disease has been clinically found with breast implants. There is extensive research and clinical studies have consistently shown that silicone breast implants are safe for use in breast augmentation and reconstruction surgeries. 

The major fear among women going for silicone-based implants is that a rupture may lead to chemical leakage inside their breasts. However, the self-binding ability of silicone keeps this cohesive gel in place, preventing leaking into the surrounding tissue.

Nevertheless, for added reassurance, it is advisable to undergo periodic follow-up examinations.

Sagging Breasts

 

Myth 2: Sagging Breasts Can Be Corrected With Breast Implants

Larger implants lead to larger and saggier breasts. Hence, it is not recommended to use overly large implants to fix the sagging breast. For perkier breasts, one should go for a breast lift or a combination breast augmentation performed by a certified plastic surgeon.

Myth 3: Implant Replacement Is Needed Every 10 years

Breast implants are generally guaranteed to be durable for 10 years but it does not mean that you need to change them once the clock strikes. Replacement is usually recommended when the breast implant has ruptured.

Women can also replace the implants if they want to change the size or shape of their breasts.

As far as rupture rate is concerned, the following are estimates:

  • 10 % at 10 years
  • 30 % at 20 years
  • 75 % at 30 years

Myth 4: Breast Sensation Is Lost After Getting Breast Implants

Approximately 10 to 15% of such cases arise post-implantation and is attributed to the necessity of creating space for the implant, which involves relocating nerves. Although it’s common to experience temporary alterations in breast skin and nipple sensation following augmentation, the majority of patients usually return to their baseline sensation levels once fully healed.

Myth 5: Breast Augmentation Surgery Can Be Performed By Any Cosmetic Surgeon

Breast augmentation is usually performed by a plastic surgeon; however, one should seek a board-certified plastic surgeon who has undergone extensive training in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgeries as well as practising experience.

Myth 6: Breastfeeding Is Not Possible After Getting Breast Implants

Breast implants are typically inserted through various incision sites, such as under the breast, around the areola, or in the armpit. While these incisions might disrupt some milk ducts or nerves, many remain intact, allowing for milk production and breastfeeding. 

Although some women may experience temporary changes like decreased milk production, these are often transient and may not hinder breastfeeding. 

Women planning to breastfeed after breast augmentation should discuss their intentions with their plastic surgeons to ensure optimal surgical techniques for breastfeeding outcomes.

Who Is a Suitable Candidate for Breast Augmentation in Singapore?

Women who want to go for breast augmentation must fulfil these specific conditions:

  • Should have fully developed breasts except in the cases of mammary hypoplasia
  • Should be physically healthy
  • Should have realistic expectations

However, breast augmentation is not recommended for some women. These include those who:

  • Have a history of breast surgeries
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Been diagnosed with severe or chronic infection or illness 
  • Is undergoing breast cancer treatment
  • Have a bleeding or healing disorder 

What Is The Recovery Time After Breast Augmentation?

The recovery time after a breast augmentation mainly depends on the type of implant used and the complexity of the technique. Usually, patients can gradually return to normal routine activities after a week. The recovery process including the subsiding of swelling and bruising, healing of the wound, settlement of implants, and more can take up to 2 to 3 months depending on how well the individual’s body heals.

How much does breast augmentation cost in Singapore?

The cost of breast augmentation in Singapore can vary widely depending on several factors such as the surgeon’s experience, the type of breast implants used, the surgical facility, and any additional procedures required. On average, it generally ranges from $10,000 to $18,000 SGD. However, prices may vary significantly based on individual circumstances, so it’s essential to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon for accurate fees tailored to your specific needs and goals.

Unveil and Elevating Your Natural Beauty

Dispelling the misconceptions surrounding breast implants is crucial for fostering accurate understanding and informed decisions. By debunking these six common myths, we have shed light on the realities of breast augmentation in Singapore.

Considering breast augmentation in Singapore? Our plastic surgeons at Dream Plastic Surgery are committed to providing tailored breast enlargement procedures to help each and every patient achieve their aesthetic goals.

Get in touch with us to find out more.