Three Myths about Silicone Breast Implants

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1. Implants have a ‘shelf-life’
Breast implants do not have an expiration date. If you are pleased with the outcome and shape, there is no need to change the implants no matter how long they have been in for. However, with the effects of gravity and scarring (capsular contracture) around the implant over time, further revision surgery may be desirable to maintain the shape and a youthful appearance. As a rough guide, about 20% of women will have implant revision surgery within 10 years.

2. Implants prevent breast feeding
There is no evidence that breast implants interfere with the ability to breastfeed. My favoured approach is through a breast-fold incision (inframammary), which is therefore remote from the nipple.

3. It is easy to tell when a woman has breast implants
Actually, a carefully planned and performed operation can deliver a very natural result in most patients, such that it is difficult to tell if someone has had a surgical helping hand. Selecting the right implant size and shape as well as choosing the right pocket placement are key factors in achieving a natural result.