Am I a candidate for breast augmentation surgery?

Breast augmentation is an extremely popular surgery, with more than 300,000 surgeries performed each year in the United States. It has high patient satisfaction with women achieving the larger, shapelier breasts they have long desired. If you’re interested in breast augmentation surgery, read on for some criteria to determine if you’re a good candidate for surgery.

You are physically healthy and aren’t pregnant or breastfeeding. You will discuss your medical history and health concerns during your consultation with Dr. Silverman. If you have active illnesses, infections or cancer, you may not be a candidate. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you will need to wait to have breast augmentation surgery. If you’re considering a future pregnancy, you should postpone surgery until after you are done with childbearing.

You are unhappy with your breasts losing shape and volume. Pregnancy, big weight fluctuations and aging all contribute to the shape and volume of breasts, causing the “deflated” sagging look. This is one of the major reasons why women seek breast augmentation with or without a breast lift, which can restore volume, shape and youthful positioning.

You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too small. Some women have abnormally small breasts, where tissue in one or both breasts is underdeveloped. Often, women turn to augmentation to achieve a more proportional look and contour.

Your breasts are asymmetrical. Sometimes, breasts aren’t the same shape or size. Puberty, trauma and hormonal changes are often to blame if one breast is larger than the other.

Your breasts have an elongated shape, or the upper part of your breasts appear “empty.” Again, this surgery can help women of all breast shapes achieve the size and shape they desire.

You have realistic expectations for surgical outcomes. It’s important to understand how breast augmentation will alter your physical appearance. A healthy frame of mind and realistic expectations are necessary for the best outcome.

You know the risks and rewards. Breast augmentation is generally considered safe. When it comes to choosing saline or silicone gel breast implants, saline implants are FDA-approved for patients 18 years and older, and silicone implants are approved for those 22 years old and older.

Breast augmentation is deeply personal, so it’s important that you don’t feel pressured by anyone else to have this surgery and you are doing this surgery for you and no one else. If you’re interested in learning more about breast augmentation surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rick Silverman at our Boston office by calling (617) 965-9500.

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