(Partner Post, by Claire McPhillimy)
Whether we’re wearing the wrong size bra or showing too much cleavage, when it comes to boobs we’re regularly getting it all wrong – or so we’re told.
But misunderstandings and mistakes aren’t our fault, not when you consider that from the moment puberty hits the only information we get about our breasts is usually gleaned from playground whispers. After all, the relationship we have with our barely developed boobs is kicked off listening to classroom debates about who is or isn’t stuffing their bra and fearful gossip about the dangers of wearing one to bed! Often, we end up carrying these childhood insecurities and mistaken ideas all the way to adulthood.
The Mystery of Boob Jobs
Nowhere is this clearer than the world of boob jobs.
Although 9,652 breast augmentations were performed in the UK last year, for many women going under the knife to boost their bust remains a dream.
One of the biggest reasons is that, like those playground rumors, we’re inundated with false stories and misinformation about what the process entails.
When you’ve been toying with the idea of getting a boob job for a while, separating fact from fiction with the information available is tricky.
And it’s left many of us with unfounded anxieties.
Separating fact from fiction
Don’t get us wrong, you’re right (and sensible!) to ask questions before a surgery.
But lots of your concerns are probably based on “facts” which may be fabrications or fear-mongering exaggerations.
To help you make an informed decision, we’ve debunked five of most common myths about boob jobs.
#1: You Can’t Breastfeed Afterward
Women often believe that breastfeeding won’t be possible after a boob job, and delay having one until they’ve finished having kids.
While some surgeries are riskier, like reductions, most women who have implants go on to successfully breastfeed. A respectable surgeon will be willing to talk through all possibilities with you, so don’t be shy about raising any concerns.
#2: The Gym Will Be Off-Limits
Although gym bunnies and sports enthusiasts often worry that implants will ruin their fitness regime, it’s only the recovery process which is majorly effected. You’ll be advised not to exercise at all for the first couple of weeks, and keep it low impact for at least the next couple of weeks.
Yes, it’s a pretty significant break if you’re used to hitting the treadmill five days a week, but after you’re healed up you’ll be able to resume your normal workouts.
#3: Say Goodbye to Underwired Bras
The joy of filling out a new cup size and exploring different lingerie is a big motivation for getting a boob job until someone drops the bombshell that you won’t be able to wear underwired bras afterward.
But it’s only immediately following surgery that you’ll be advised to stick to a non-wired, comfortable bra. Once you’re given the all clear from your surgeon, you’ll be able to wear whatever types of bra you choose.
#4: Everyone Will Know
Post-surgery, some people love their new boobs so much they want to show the results to the world. For others, a natural boost they can keep entirely to themselves is the goal.
The good news is that a subtle look is achievable. A good surgeon will advise you on the correct size, the appropriate placing (above or below the muscles) and the best shape of implant to give you your ideal look.
#5: Visible Scarring Will Be Left Behind
As with all medicine, cosmetic surgery has come a long way. New methods of performing breast enlargements are increasingly effective and scarring isn’t as big an issue as you imagine.
An expert surgeon will assess your individual case first but should be able to hide scars around the areola or in the small crease under your breast. Although you’ll know it’s there, strangers on the street will be none the wiser 🙂