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Debunking Breast Enlargement Myths: A Comprehensive Guide

Debunking Breast Enlargement Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction

Breast enlargement, or augmentation, has been a topic of fascination and controversy for many years.

With the advent of social media and the internet, information—and misinformation—spreads rapidly. This blog aims to sift through the myths and present the facts, specifically tailored to an audience in the UK.

Despite its benefits and popularity, many myths and misconceptions surround breast enlargement surgery.

Myth 1: Breast Augmentation Is Only for Celebrities.

Fact: While celebrities often make headlines for their cosmetic surgeries, breast augmentation is not exclusive to them. 

In the UK, many women from various walks of life choose this procedure for personal reasons, ranging from enhancing self-confidence to reconstructive surgery following mastectomies. According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the UK.

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Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the UK.

Myth 2: Breast Implants Are Unsafe and Often Cause Health Issues.

Fact: Modern breast implants are rigorously tested for safety.

The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) regulates the use of medical devices, including breast implants. Complications are possible, as with any surgery, but serious health issues are relatively rare. The MHRA monitors and regulates to ensure the highest safety standards. Regular check-ups and choosing a reputable surgeon can minimise risks.

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Myth 3: Breast Enlargement Is Permanent.

Fact: Most implants last between 10 to 15 years.

Breast implants are not lifetime devices. Most implants last between 10 to 15 years. Factors like implant type, individual body reaction, and lifestyle can affect longevity. Regular monitoring is crucial, and some women may require additional surgeries in the future.

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Regular monitoring is crucial, and some women may require additional surgeries in the future.

Myth 4: All Breast Implants Look Fake.

Fact: The choice of implant type, size, and placement is tailored to the patient to achieve natural-looking results.

Advancements in surgical techniques and implant technology have made it possible to achieve natural-looking results. The choice of implant type, size, and placement method can significantly impact the final appearance. In the UK, many surgeons offer tailored consultations to ensure the results align with the patient’s body proportions and aesthetic goals.

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Myth 5: You Can’t Breastfeed with Implants.

Fact: Many women with breast implants can successfully breastfeed.

Many women with breast implants can successfully breastfeed. The ability to breastfeed depends more on the type of surgery and placement of the implants rather than the implants themselves. Surgeons often employ techniques that preserve the milk ducts and nerves, allowing for breastfeeding post-surgery.

Myth 6: Non-Surgical Methods Are Just as Effective.

Fact: There is little scientific evidence supporting that non-surgical methods are effective for breast augmentation.

There are numerous non-surgical methods advertised for breast enlargement, including creams, pills, and exercises. However, there is little scientific evidence supporting the efficacy of these methods. Surgical breast augmentation remains the most reliable way to significantly increase breast size.T

Myth 7: Breast Implants Need to Be Replaced Every 10 Years.

Fact: If there are no complications the implants can last much longer.

While it’s a common belief, implants do not necessarily need replacement every 10 years. If there are no complications such as rupture or capsular contracture and the patient is satisfied with the appearance, implants can last longer. Regular check-ups with a healthcare professional can help monitor the condition of the implants.

Myth 8: Bigger Implants Are Always Better.

Fact: The ideal implant size depends on factors such as body frame, and skin elasticity.

Bigger is not always better when it comes to breast implants. The ideal implant size varies from person to person and depends on factors such as body frame, skin elasticity, and personal preferences. In the UK, consultations with qualified surgeons are crucial to determining the best size for a natural and proportionate look.

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Myth 9: Breast Augmentation is a Simple and Risk-Free Procedure.

Fact: Breast augmentation is a major surgery and as such carries risks.

Breast augmentation is a major surgery and, like any surgical procedure, carries risks such as infection, bleeding, and anaesthesia complications. It’s essential to choose a board-certified surgeon and discuss potential risks and benefits thoroughly.

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Myth 10: Breast Implants Increase the Risk of Breast Cancer

Fact: The risk of Breast Cancer is extremely low (1 in 12000 patients).

There is no conclusive evidence that breast implants increase the risk of breast cancer. However, certain types of implants have been associated with a rare form of cancer called Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). Regular screenings and monitoring are important for early detection and management of any issues.

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How to enhance your appearance safely

Navigating the world of breast augmentation requires sifting through a sea of myths and misconceptions. In the UK, with stringent regulations and advanced medical practices, breast enlargement can be a safe and effective way to enhance one’s appearance. It’s crucial to consult with a qualified healthcare professional such as Antony Fitton (an accredited plastic surgeon with practising privileges at The Nuffield Health Hospital Plymouth and The Duchy Hospital Truro) and make informed decisions based on accurate information.


If you’re considering breast augmentation, ensure you research thoroughly, choose a reputable surgeon, and maintain realistic expectations. Your journey should be guided by facts, not myths.

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Following your consultation, the price you are quoted includes everything and there are no extra or hidden costs. Advice, treatment and aftercare are all part of our package to ensure your experience is positive from beginning to end.


Managing your expectations about plastic surgery is important regardless of which procedure you wish to have done. It’s critical to have realistic expectations about plastic surgery and to also ensure you are on the same page as your surgeon.

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About your Plastic Surgeon: Mr Antony Fitton

MB, BS(hons)., MD., FRCS(eng)., FRCS(plast).

Mr Antony Fitton qualified at the Royal London Hospital in 1989 with distinction in Surgery. He holds an MB, BS(Hons)., MD., FRCS(eng). and FRCS(plast). (Fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons).

He is a member of BAPRAS (British Association for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons), BAAPS (British Association for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons), and BSSH (British Society for Surgery of the Hand).

Mr Fitton has received the Paton & Masser Award and the CM Matthews Award from the Royal College of Surgeons of England for his research in nerve injury.

Mr Fitton is licensed as a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon by the GMC.
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