Myths and Facts About Breast Augmentations

Just because something is popular, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s well understood. Breast augmentation is a really good example. About 300,000 breast implant surgeries are performed each year in the United States, making it the leading cosmetic surgery procedure among Americans. Still, there are plenty of misconceptions about breast augmentation, despite its popularity.

At Sanctuary Cosmetic Center, Soheila Rostami, MD wants patients in Tysons Corner, Virginia, to make informed decisions about the treatments they select. This piece helps debunk some of the myths surrounding breast augmentation, so women can feel confident about their decisions and their health.

The bigger, the better

Most women choose augmentation to increase their breast size, but that shouldn’t mean the sky’s the limit. Ideally, you want your implants to suit the size of your chest. If your implants are very large, you’re more likely to see or feel the edge of the implant, and the implant may feel or appear unnatural.

Plus, big implants can be heavy, and that can be really uncomfortable (just like large natural breasts). Bigger implants tug on your skin and can sag earlier than smaller implants that can be better supported by your chest muscles and surrounding tissue.

You can’t breastfeed with implants

Many women with breast implants breastfeed without any trouble. If you plan on breastfeeding after your implant procedure, let Dr. Rostami know so your surgery and implant placement can be planned to accommodate nursing activity.

Implants are only for really young patients

It’s true that many women in their 20s and 30s opt for implants, but so do older women. In fact, many patients wait until their 40s or older before having implants. Older patients who are done having kids don’t have to worry about the size or shape of their breasts changing as a result of pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Breast implants last forever

Breast implants can last for a long time, but they are not designed to last indefinitely. Most saline or silicone implants last about 10-15 years. Replacing your implants also gives you a “built-in” opportunity to change the size, shape, or material, if you like. You might also decide to do a breast lift at the same time to ensure your profile stays youthful and sexy. 

They look so fake

A wide variation in shapes, sizes, and materials means today’s breast implants look very natural. Being completely open about your goals before surgery can help ensure you love your results. Our team will work with you to help you select the best implants to help your breasts look and feel fuller, firmer, and sexier — all while retaining a natural appearance.

Recovery is really painful

Any type of surgery has the potential to cause discomfort, and the level of discomfort you feel can vary from what someone else experiences. Overall, though, recovery doesn’t involve extreme discomfort, and what discomfort you do feel typically will occur in the first few days after your surgery. Careful use of pain medicine will keep you comfortable.

You’ll see your results right away

You’ll definitely see the difference in your breast size right after surgery. But you’ll also have swelling. After a few weeks of healing, that swelling will go away and your breasts will “settle” into a more natural position. 

Learn how breast augmentation can benefit you

With locations in McLean and Dulles, Virginia, Sanctuary Cosmetic Center offers the most up-to-date, state-of-the-art cosmetic treatments tailored to every patient’s unique goals for beautiful results and optimal satisfaction. If you’re thinking about breast augmentation, call the office or book an appointment online, and schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Rostami.


We look forward to seeing how we can help you achieve a new level of confidence. Contact our team to set up a private consultation and explore everything we have to offer at Washington, D.C.’s premier cosmetic provider.

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