4 Bilateral Breast Enlargement surgery myths

Bilateral Breast Enlargement Surgery Myths

There are many myths regarding breast enlargement surgery. These include the fact that:

  • Breast implants can mysteriously blow up whilst flying at altitude.
  • Silicone implants can deflate whilst scuba diving.
  • Seatbelts should not be worn with breast implants.
  • Breast examinations are impossible after breast enlargement surgery.

Aurora Clinics decided that it is time to set the story straight on some of these breast enlargement myths!

Common Misconceptions About Breast Implants

Our Aurora Clinics surgeons are commonly asked the following questions:

1) Is it safe to fly with my breast implants?

It is completely safe to fly after breast enlargement surgery with silicone breast implants. However, we do recommend that patients do not fly for at least 2 weeks following their procedure as both flying and operations have been linked to Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clots in the legs).

This is due to not moving your legs for a long period of time (which occurs both during operations and sitting still during flights) but is nothing to do with your breast implants!

Following the 2-week period, many of our patients do fly. In fact, many Aurora patients actually have jobs which involve frequent flying, including pilots and air stewardesses: we have not had any reports of problems with changing shape or rupturing implants from these patients.

2) Can I scuba dive with breast implants?

Likewise, scuba diving has also not been shown to have any negative impact on breast implants due to pressure changes.

3) Is it safe to wear a seatbelt following Breast Enlargement?

We would certainly recommend that all our patients do keep wearing seatbelts following their breast enlargement surgery operation. This is particularly important as any trauma to the area would be more than offset by any discomfort caused by wearing the seatbelt.

4) Is it possible to have normal Mammograms following Breast Enlargement?

It is possible to have a routine breast examination following breast enlargement surgery as the breast implants sit behind the breast tissue and it is possible to examine the breasts in the normal fashion for any lumps.

In fact, it is sometimes easier to locate any abnormal lumps after breast enlargement surgery as the breast tissue is intact and pushed forward by the silicone breast implant.

However, if you wish to have a Mammogram (although perfectly possible) it is best to discuss the best type of mammography machine to be used in order to reduce the chance of causing trauma to the shell of your implant. Some earlier mammography machines did tend to compress the breast tissue and are generally best avoided.  

Overall, breast enlargement surgery is the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedure in the United Kingdom.  At Aurora Clinics, our aim is to produce a natural looking breast augmentation with a silhouette which matches your overall physique, particularly your shoulders and hips.

Following your surgery, your breasts should feel and look normal: in no way should anybody be able to tell that you have had breast implants. You will be able to resume all normal activities and exercise (including flying and scuba diving!) although we would advise you to now wear a more supportive bra… – as would any bigger-busted woman!

For more information or to book your Breast Enlargement consultation with one of our Aurora Specialist Surgeons, call today on 01324 578290.