Common Misunderstandings About Breast Augmentation

Most people have a basic understanding of what breast augmentation is and what it involves. But often, there are some holes in that understanding. A lot of the information that gets shared in gossip and casual conversations about breast augmentation is not necessarily true or complete. So, what are some of the common misunderstandings about breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation and breast implants are the same thing

When you hear the term "breast augmentation" you probably assume the speaker is talking about implants. However, implants are just one type of breast augmentation. Technically speaking, breast augmentation is any procedure used to augment the breast. In addition to silicone and saline implants, there are fat transfer procedures that take fat from the buttocks or thighs and move it to the breast. And there are also procedures that involve the removal of some skin at the top of the breast to raise the breast and reduce sagging. So, if you tell a cosmetic surgeon that you desire breast augmentation, don't be surprised if they ask you to be more specific.

Breast augmentation has to be obvious

You've probably seen some people with obvious breast augmentations. This may have led you to assume that all breast augmentation is obvious. In reality, though, breast augmentation can be as subtle or obvious as you want. You could get a really small fat transfer to add volume in certain areas, or you could get large implants that increase your bust by three cup sizes. 

Breast augmentation is all about making breasts look larger

The most noticeable augmentations are the ones that make the breasts look larger. However, breast augmentation is a procedure to change the breast, which is not necessarily the same as increasing the size of the breast. Some augmentation procedures are primarily intended to change the shape of the breast. This is the case, for example, with procedures that remove skin from the top of the breast and "lift" it. This is also true of procedures intended to create symmetry when the breasts are uneven, and it is true of procedures to restore volume to the breasts.

Breast augmentation is widely known but not necessarily well understood by everyone. After reading this article, though, you know more about the procedures that fall under the augmentation umbrella. If you want to know more, talk to a cosmetic surgeon who performs breast augmentation on a regular basis.