Breast enlargement surgery: separating fact from fiction

Many women have considered undergoing breast enlargement surgery as a way of improving their appearance and providing a self-confidence boost.

In 2011, the number of British ladies undergoing this cosmetic procedure exceeded 10,000 for the first time, according to data from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, rising 6.2 per cent from the year before.

Despite the increase in the number of procedures being carried out, there are still many myths out there about breast enhancement surgery, and some facts which are not well understood. If you are considering this surgery, the first thing to do is some reading on the subject so that you know exactly what it entails.

One of the major fears about breast implants is that they will rupture, and the recent PIP scandal has not helped in this respect. However, the PIP implants were made using sub-standard materials unsuitable for their given purpose. By ensuring you use an accredited surgeon now you will not be subject to this level of risk. Implants do still rupture on occasion, but this is extremely rare, and the overwhelming majority stands up to the rigors of everyday life easily.

Another common myth is that having breast enlargement surgery means you will not be able to breast-feed a child, but the truth is that although some women do experience this kind of problem, it is the rare exception, not the rule.

Modern techniques mean that the incisions made to insert the implants are now much smaller, and can be hidden away so any scarring is no longer visible, even when wearing a bra or bikini. However, there is no getting away from the fact that swelling and bruising can occur after the operation, while there is also the possibility of infection and other side-effects – but this is the same with any surgical procedure.

Before going under the knife, you should discuss your options with your doctor and then gather multiple expert options, using only surgeons accredited in cosmetic surgery procedures.

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