Busting the Biggest Breast Aug Myth of All Time

May 13, 2021

Ever-needed in this era of not-quite-right news, “Facebook health experts,” and “Dr. Google,” NewBeauty® magazine recently ran a myth-busting piece on breast augmentation. Breast augmentation has been the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the United States since 2006, and with such renown comes the inevitable questions, concerns, and confusions.

NewBeauty called upon double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Rapaport to tackle what he calls “the biggest myth of all.” In all, NewBeauty addressed these common breast augmentation myths

  • Myth: You can’t breastfeed after breast implants. ✕
  • Myth: You always have to have your implants placed under the pectoralis muscle. ✕
  • Myth: Cup size is standard. ✕
  • Myth: Bigger is better. ✕
  • Myth: You need general anesthesia to have a breast augmentation. ✕
  • Myth: Implants lead to lost sensation. ✕
  • Myth: Your breasts will not change over time. ✕
  • Myth: You don’t need a mammogram after breast augmentation. ✕
  • Myth: Fat grafts can replace breast augmentation. ✕
  • Myth: You have to change out your implants every ten years. ✕

Dr. David Rapaport says the biggest myth of all is that last one —  You have to change out your implants every ten years.

If the breasts “feel good, look good, and are the size that the patient desires, there is no need for replacement based on how old the implants are,” says Dr. Rapaport. “The adage ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’’ basically applies here,” he says.

“Certainly, it is recommended to have high-quality imaging—MRI or high-res ultrasonography—of silicone gel-filled breast implants every three years. But, if implants are intact and are performing to the patient’s satisfaction, there is no need for proactive replacement.”