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How Long Do Breast Implants Last & Other Myths

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Breast augmentation is a transformative procedure that has helped countless women achieve their desired breast size and shape while also improving their confidence and self-esteem. However, despite its wide-spread popularity and numerous benefits, several myths and questions continue to circulate around breast augmentation and breast implants. In this blog, we'll debunk these myths and provide you with factual information to help you make informed decisions about your breast augmentation at CAPS.  

What Is Breast Augmentation vs Breast Implants?

Myth: Breast augmentation and breast implants are the same thing.  

Fact: Breast augmentation and breast implants are related but distinct terms. Breast augmentation is the overall surgical procedure performed by our seven award-winning plastic surgeons, that enhances the size, shape and projection of the breasts. It involves using breast implants to achieve the desired enhancement.  

On the other hand, breast implants refer to synthetic, medical grade implants inserted behind the chest wall during a breast augmentation procedure. These implants come in various types, such as saline-filled or silicone gel-filled, and can have different shapes and sizes. Breast augmentation is a comprehensive procedure that includes implant selection, surgical technique, and post-operative care, all tailored to meet our patient's unique goals. 

Is Breast Augmentation Safe?

Myth: Breast implants are unsafe and cause several health issues.

Fact: At CAPS, we use high quality, FDA-approved breast implants that undergo extensive testing and evaluation to ensure safety and effectiveness. The vast majority of people with breast implants experience no serious complications.  

Although doctors consider breast augmentation safe, it is important for patients to be aware of the risks and potential complications associated with any surgical procedure. During your consultation, our expert plastic surgeons will discuss these factors with you and ensure you are well educated on the procedure and the recovery.  

How Much Do Breast Implants Cost? 

Myth: Breast Augmentation is expensive and only accessible to the wealthy. 

Fact: The cost of breast augmentation can vary depending on several factors including the type of implant used in the procedure, a consultation fee, the anesthesia fee, operating room facilities, and recovery fees including follow-up appointments, prescriptions and post-surgery garments. The total cost of your procedure includes all of these factors. While breast augmentation is an elective cosmetic procedure, it is more accessible and affordable than many people think.   

CAPS is proud to offer financing options so every individual can look and feel their best without anything standing in their way. During your consultation, your provider will provide you with a detailed breakdown of the costs involved. We will make it as simple as possible to find a financing option that works best for you and your needs.  

How Long Do Breast Implants Last?

Myth: You need to replace breast implants every 10 years. 

Fact: The idea that breast implants have a fixed expiration date is one of the most common myths. The lifespan of breast implants varies from patient to patient and depends on factors such as the type of implant, implant placement, and the individual's body. Some patients can go their whole lives without ever having to get them replaced. 

At CAPS, our modern implants are more durable and reliable than ever before. Our saline implants have an average lifespan of 10-15 years, while silicone implants can last 15-20 years or even longer. Many women can enjoy their breast implants for several decades without requiring any replacement or revision surgery. 

Are There Natural Looking Breast Implants?

Myth: Breast implants always look fake and obvious. 

Fact: One of the biggest concerns for women considering breast augmentation is whether the results will look natural. Our skilled and experienced plastic surgeons will work with you to choose the right implant size, shape, and profile that complements your body’s proportions. At CAPS, we offer a wide variety of options including shaped or teardrop implants that mimic the natural slope of the breast.  

Additionally, our surgeons can place the implants either above or below the muscle to create more natural contours. Properly chosen implants, combined with our surgeon’s artistry, can result in beautiful, natural-looking breasts.  

Interested in seeing natural-looking results from real patients just like you? Check out our before & after gallery to see what’s possible when you trust the best breast augmentation surgeons in Columbus, Ohio. 

Does Breast Augmentation Leave Scars?

Myth: Breast augmentation scars are noticeable and unsightly

Fact: While scarring is a natural part of any plastic surgery, our surgeons use advanced surgical techniques to significantly minimize scars. They strategically make incisions in inconspicuous areas such as the breast crease (inframammary), around the areola (periareolar), or in the armpit (transaxillary). 

Over time, scars tend to fade and become less noticeable, especially with proper post-operative care. Your plastic surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your body after the procedure. At CAPS, we also offer scar revision services such as Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser and Broadband Light Therapy.

Breast Implants and Breastfeeding

Myth: Women with breast implants cannot breastfeed

Fact: The majority of women with breast implants can safely and successfully breastfeed, but the location and placement of the implants can influence the ability to produce milk and breastfeed. Our skilled plastic surgeons place breast implants below the muscle to minimize the likelihood of affecting a mother's milk production and to ensure they avoid any damage to the milk ducts and nerves. 

During your consultation, it’s important to discuss your breastfeeding plans with your plastic surgeon. They will account for your goals and provide guidance on the best implant placement options to ensure you’re able to successfully breastfeed when the time comes.  

Schedule Your Breast Augmentation Consultation Today!

Understanding the truth behind common myths about breast implants is crucial for making an informed decision about breast augmentation surgery. If you’re considering breast augmentation, schedule a consultation today! The expert plastic surgeons at CAPS will provide personalized recommendations and ensure you have a safe and successful breast augmentation journey. Get the enhanced breasts and renewed self-confidence that you deserve.