However, in today's world the stigma seems to have disappeared completely.
This is for two reasons: social acceptance and newer technologies.
Unlike in the past, enhancements are viewed as an optional procedure for those with healthy minds and bodies.
While the stigma has disappeared, there still seems to be some myths floating around about implants.
Fortunately, those myths can be debunked with a bit research.
Below are five surprising facts you probably didn't know about breast augmentation.
You can choose the placement.
Yes, with the help of your surgeon, you can choose the placement of your implants.
However, there are only two options: sublandular and submuscular.
Subglandular implants are placed above the pectoral muscles, while submuscular implants are placed beneath the pectoral muscle.
Both options are completely safe and your surgeon can help you choose which option will fit your body better.
Silicone is, in fact, safe.
Contrary to popular belief, silicone implants are safe.
While the FDA put a ban on silicon in 1992, it was later lifted in 2006.
The FDA and US Government ran extensive testing for nearly 10 years before re-approving silicone.
If you're still worried about the dangers, ask your surgeon to specify what manufacturer they use.
Most are safe, but the FDA did place limitations on some manufacturers like Allergan and Mentor.
You can still breastfeed.
Most women can successfully breastfeed after undergoing a breast augmentation.
While there are always risks with any surgery, these can be reduced by choosing a board certified surgeon.
If you're still worried, talk to your surgeon about placing the implants below the pectoral muscle; it may give you a greater chance of successful breastfeeding later on.
There are four incision options.
Yes, you have options for the incision placement including: peri-areolar, trans-umbilical, trans-axillary, and fold line.
To put it more simply, you can have the incision placed around the nipple, through the belly button, through the armpit, or under the chest.
While the peri-areolar, near the nipple, incision is the most common your surgeon may suggest alternative options.
Before deciding, it's important to talk to your surgeon, as not all surgeons will perform all incision options.
Implants do not rupture easily.
It seems that many believe implants will rupture easily.
However, this is not at all true.
While there are occasional cases of implants breaking or rupturing, it's extremely rare.
Implants are tested on a regular basis and must go through strenuous and rigorous conditions to pass.
As you can see, there are many strange myths associated with the breast augmentation procedure.
Fortunately, with the Internet age many of these can be debunked.
If you're truly worried about any aspect of your consultation or surgery, ask your surgeon.
They can answer your questions and thoroughly and hopefully ease your fears.