Myth Busting the Breast Augmentation

Plastic surgery has come a long way toward making people feel good about themselves and beautifying society. Many believe that this is an industry that contributes to cultural stereotypes by objectifying the female form. Nothing could be further from the truth. Studies have shown time and again that elective cosmetic procedures have increased self-esteem and overall body image in millions of patients. Female plastic surgery is probably best epitomized in the augmentation mammoplasty, more commonly known as the breast augmentation.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2009 Fact Sheet, the breast augmentation accounted for nearly 300,000 procedures among females. But, there is a lot of misunderstanding due to misinformation about this popular plastic surgery procedure. Here are a few rampant myths about the breast augmentation surgery.

  • It is Dangerous: while it is true that during the early 1990s, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stopped the sale and distribution of silicone implants which gave rise to the saline variety. However, after further research, silicone implants proved to be safe and were put back on the market in 2006. Saline and Silicone are the two major implant types and both have received high amounts of success among patients.
  • Only the Superficial get Breast Jobs: think again. Breasts that are deformed, underdeveloped, or excised due to a mastectomy do not make a patient superficial. Anyone would elect an option to correct a substandard body part to improve self-image. This makes a person conscious of who they are; they very antithesis of superficial.
  • Plastic Surgery is only for the Rich and Celebrity types: not at 300,000 procedures a year it is not! Surgery technique and expertise has advanced exponentially even in the last decade. Breast augmentation surgery has become less invasive and much more aesthetically pleasing. While it is true that this procedure is not likely to be covered by insurance, augmentation mammoplasty is more accessible to more people now than in any other time in history.

The most popular plastic surgery in the nation, ironically, has a bad time of it in the mainstream press. But the data speaks for itself. Breast augmentations have helped millions of cancer survivors and other real women feel great about the way they look. What about that is superficial? Nothing! It takes courage to move forward with a procedure people will judge and isn’t it about time you took that first step?

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