Am I a candidate for Breast Augmentation?

candidate for breast augmentation

Candidate for Breast Augmentation

If you think you are a candidate for breast augmentation, you probably are. The fact is, no matter what breast size or shape you have, if you depend on a bra to enhance your breast size or shape, you are a candidate for breast augmentation. I am always amused when people say “I am not the kind of person who gets a breast implant.” If you are the kind of person who wears a bra, you are probably the kind of person who would love great breast augmentation surgery.

  • Will I need a medial exam prior to my surgery? If you are over the age of 50 and have not had a complete examination by a primary care physician, this is a good idea. There are very few conditions which would make your surgery unsafe. However, the better your general health, the more successful you will be with your surgery. If you have not done so, you can be screened for common treatable medical conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
  • Should I stop taking aspirin before surgery? Yes. You should also stop taking ibuprofen, vitamin E, fish oil, omega 3 fatty acids, and any herbal supplements. You should also consider temporarily withholding estrogen based medication due to its effect on formation of deep venous thromboses (blood clots).
  • Can I breast feed after surgery? Probably, yes. Breast implants are positioned below the breast gland and in this way, should not affect the breast itself. However, depending on the size of implant you chose, and the way your surgeon places the implant, stretching or scarring can affect some of the nerves and ducts in the breast and theoretically alter your ability to breast feed.
  • What if I plan to lose weight? Losing weight will change the balance of your figure. Depending on how much fatty tissue you have in your breast, and how much your breasts change during weight loss could affect the your size choice and or the need to have a breast lift. Because size is the most important concern for many women, this is something worth getting right the first time. The balance between your abdomen and your chest might also change. Many women will feel that their implants look a bit more prominent after they lose weight. In my experience, you should only consider plastic surgery if you are at a stable weight, even if this is not your ideal weight.
  • Will I be able to exercise? Absolutely, yes. The majority of my patients are very active in wide range of sports from rock climbing to yoga to taking care of small children! I encourage all patients to walk frequently immediately after surgery to limit risks of blood clots. In terms of return to vigorous activity, I recommend everyone abstain for one week. I like patients to gauge their own return to activity based on pain and swelling. Our bodies provide important feedback this way. Everyone is different, so each patient needs to listen to their own bodies. If your swelling is gone, and it doesn’t hurt, it’s probably OK. Women with substantial pectoralis major muscles and women who are professional body builders may require implant placement above the muscle so motion related changes in the shape of the implant are minimized. This is a trade off due to the slightly less natural appearance on a lean chest with the implant placed above the muscle.
  • Will implants increase my risk for breast cancer or other illnesses? No. There is an impressive body of research related to the safety of breast implants. Early claims that breast implants increased the risk of developing an autoimmune disease were demonstrated to be unsubstantiated. There is no evidence that breast implants increase breast cancer risk. There is also no significant impact on the ability to perform proper screening and treatment of breast cancer, especially for implants placed below the muscle with an infra-mammary incision.

 Questions about being a Candidate for Breast Augmentation

Please feel free to contact my office if you have any questions about being a candidate for breast augmentation surgery or you would like to schedule a consultation.

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