Are You A Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation surgery is currently one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the US. There are many reasons why women become interested in breast augmentation and if you are one of them, you’ve come to the right place to get answers. Is breast augmentation for you?  What makes a good candidate for breast augmentation?

What Is Your Reasoning?

Women become interested in breast enlargement for many different reasons. Some have dealt with asymmetrical breasts since puberty; others have drooping or sagging breasts as a result of pregnancy and age while others simply are not happy with the size, shape or feel of their breasts.  Many women who are interested in augmentation surgery are post-operative from mastectomies or need breast reconstruction from injury or other reasons. Determining whether or not you are a good candidate starts with these reasons. 

No woman should ever feel that they must alter their body for the approval of someone else, no matter what they look like or think of their breasts. If you’re considering breast augmentation because of someone else’s opinion, it may be wise to hold off and reevaluate your reasoning.  Breast enlargement needs to be something that’s being done for you, not for anyone else. While augmentation surgery can surely help with your self-esteem and personal body image, it cannot improve relationships or change your life beyond your body.  Breast augmentation surgery does not make you any more perfect than you already are so if you’re going to do it, it needs to be for you.

Are You Healthy?

Other considerations for good candidacy are factors such as weight and overall health.  You should be a healthy weight before attempting breast augmentation surgery. Drastic weight changes in the future can and will affect your breasts so it’s best to leave this as the last step of your personal makeover, rather than the first. Your doctor can help you determine if your weight range is a healthy one and compatible with a complication free surgery.  Your overall health is very important as well.  Surgery is such a commonplace thing our society today, that many people lose sight of how brutal it is to the body.  No pain, no gain, so they say, but before entering into that kind of trauma, your body needs to be healthy enough to handle it and recover with ease. Poor health can lead to longer healing times, complications during surgery and infection.  

Smoking increases many of the breast implants risks associated with any surgery and prolongs healing time as well.  If you smoke and are planning breast enhancement surgery, quit before scheduling it and don’t plan on smoking for several weeks afterwards.

If you’ve read through this and are feeling confident that your interest is a sound one, the next step is to find and consult with a board certified plastic surgeon. Don’t settle for anything less and don’t be shy about asking for credentials.  You’ll want someone with plenty of experience that isn’t in a hurry for you to schedule your surgery as soon as you walk in the door.  The doctor will perform a thorough examination of your breasts and get a full medical history from you. He or she will discuss in detail your lifestyle and your expectations for surgery and help you determine for yourself if you are an ideal candidate for breast augmentation surgery. Your doctor will also work with you to help you decide the best shape and size breast for your body. Most people are looking to increase their size, but still remain natural looking. Another thing to consider is the recovery time.

Keep in mind that there are plenty of considerations, including getting time off of work for recuperation that all go into determining your candidacy. It may even be wise to consult with more than one surgeon to help you get a feel for exactly what procedure suits you best.

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