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5 Facts and Myths about breast implants, Botox® and more

Nov 10, 2017
Facts vs. Myths

The text was written according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery article “Reality vs. Myth”.

1. It’s safe to breast feed if you have breast implants.

Fact. According to the Mayo Clinic, breast-feeding with implants is safe. While your breast milk could absorb some of the silicone from breast implants the amount is not considered harmful to your baby. Because breast milk is the best thing you can feed your baby, the Institute of Medicine encourages women with breast implants to breast-feed if they're able to do so.

2. Breast implants increase your risk of getting breast cancer.

Myth. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) found evidence that breast implants do not cause breast cancer or the recurrence of breast cancer. However, it's still essential to undergo routine screening for breast cancer – breast self-exams, mammograms and clinical breast exams – just as you would if you didn't have breast implants.

3. Botox® can cause droopy eyelids.

Myth. If your Botox® treatment is administered properly, the risk of suffering from droopy eyelids is lower than 2%. As with any potential side effect, the condition is temporary and should resolve itself within a few weeks.

4. Botox® will leave you expressionless by freezing your facial muscles.

Myth. There is a balance between the muscles of the face. If too much Botox® is injected, one can easily lose the action of muscles of expression. However, if this muscular balance is maintained, by only injecting small doses into specific muscles, one can have a natural softening of unwanted lines and wrinkles without compromising facial expressions. Patients interested in this procedure should select a physician based on his or her training, education, experience and demonstrated practice history.

5. It’s disrespectful to ask a plastic surgeon tough questions about his or her experience or to ask his or her to show some results.

Myth. Board Certified Plastic Surgeons prefer informed patients. Knowledge is power, it’s very important to make the right decisions. It will determine your safety as well. In general, an educated patient recovers better because there are no surprises and less anxiety about the procedure.