Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures, helping women worldwide achieve the breast size and shape they’ve always wanted. While women’s reasons for wanting this surgery varies widely and there is no “one size fits all” approach, there are several criteria that all patients should meet to be a good candidate for breast augmentation.
Patients who are contemplating breast augmentation surgery need to be in good physical health. Patients who have breast cancer, are ill or battling an infection are not a candidate for surgery. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding or considering a future pregnancy, it would be best to hold off until you are done childbearing. It’s important to discuss your health history and current health with your surgeon to determine whether breast augmentation is good for you at this time.
You need to wait until your breasts are done growing before you have surgery, as some women still have breast changes into their 20s. For saline implants, the FDA requires that you are at least 18 years old. For silicone gel implants, you must be at least 22 years old.
Small or underdeveloped breasts
If you believe you have abnormally small breasts, implants will help you achieve a breast shape that’s more in proportion with your figure. If your breasts didn’t develop normally or have an elongated shape, this surgery could benefit you.
Lost shape and volume
Some women complain that their breasts “deflate” after pregnancy, during significant weight loss or with the natural aging process. If your breasts have lost shape and volume and sag, you would be a good candidate for breast augmentation.
Hormonal changes, puberty and trauma can affect breast development. If one of your breasts is larger than the other, breast augmentation can help you achieve a more symmetrical look.
While breast augmentation surgery is generally considered safe, ideal candidates understand the risks and rewards with this surgery. To learn more about breast augmentation and whether it’s right for you, book a consultation by calling (915) 542-5600 to be seen at our West Office or (915) 855-7800 to be seen in our East Office.