Breast augmentation is a life-changing surgery that helps women achieve a more desirable size and shape. The results can be extremely rewarding, but how do you know if you’re a good candidate for surgery? Here are some criteria:
You are in good health. During your consultation, you will discuss your medical history and any current medical concerns to see if breast augmentation surgery is right for you. If you smoke, you will need to stop. You can’t be pregnant or breastfeeding, and you will need to discuss any active illnesses or conditions you have with your surgeon.
You have breasts that appear “deflated.” Pregnancy, nursing and significant weight fluctuations can change the shape of your breast, often losing shape, volume and sagging. A breast augmentation – and perhaps a lift as well – can help restore volume and shape and more youthful positioning.
You believe your breasts are too small. Some women have abnormally small breasts, called micromastia, where breast tissue in one or both breasts is underdeveloped. Breast implants can help patients achieve a more proportional shape.
Your breasts aren’t the same shape or size. If one breast is larger than the other, it may be due to puberty, trauma or hormonal changes. Breast augmentation surgery can help you achieve a more symmetrical look.
You have realistic expectations. Breast augmentation surgery will permanently alter your physical appearance, so it’s essential to be in a healthy frame of mind.
You want to have this surgery for you. You shouldn’t feel pressured by anyone else to be getting this surgery. You and you alone should be making this highly personal decision to undergo this life-changing surgery. You know the risks of surgery. If you’ve done your research, you know that breast augmentation surgery is generally considered safe. But there are always risks with any surgery. While breast implants are FDA-approved, you must be at least 18 years old to have saline implants and 22 years old to get silicone implants.