Breasts are often seen as a symbol of femininity, sexiness and female empowerment yet many women are dissatisfied with the size of their breasts and long to have a larger and shapelier chest. There are also some who deal with asymmetry and need a Breast Augmentation to achieve symmetry and proportion.

Breast augmentation surgery is undoubtedly one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. However, it is not automatically the most suitable solution for every woman who is unhappy with their chest size.

What makes someone a good candidate for breast augmentation?

Every woman is completely unique and will have their candidacy for breast augmentation surgery assessed on a case by case basis. However, there are certain characteristics that your surgeon will look for when determining if you are suitable for this procedure. These include the following:

Good general health

In order to be accepted for any surgical procedure you need to be in good general health and you will be asked, in detail, about your medical history. A general anesthetic is given to patients ahead of breast augmentation surgery, and this is only considered safe to give to patients who meet specific medical criteria. You will also be given breast checks, possibly including a mammogram, to ensure that you do not have any breast issues that could lead to complications during or after your augmentation surgery.

An understanding of what breast augmentation involves

Breast augmentation is an invasive surgery and can drastically alter your appearance. For this reason, it is essential that any women considering this procedure are well-informed about what is involved both before, during and after your surgery. This includes understanding:

  • What implants your surgeon will use and why (this will be pre-determined at your consultation)
  • Where the incisions to place your implants will be
  • What type of scarring you can expect
  • How long you will need to stay in the care of your surgeon
  • How long the recovery period will take
  • How long it will take to see the final results of your surgery
  • What the risks involved with breast augmentation surgery are

Your consultation is an ideal time to ask any questions that you have and become as prepared as possible for what your surgery will entail.

Realistic expectations about the outcome of your surgery

Breast augmentation surgery can significantly change the appearance of your breasts, helping you to achieve a fuller and somewhat perkier chest. In many instances, women find that their improved shape gives them greater confidence and self-esteem, and these positive benefits filter into other areas of their life. This can include giving them the courage to embrace more opportunities, wear the clothes they would like to or pursue personal relationships. However, it is essential that all women considering breast augmentation surgery have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure. Not only does the size of your breasts need to be achievable, you also need to understand that having larger breasts may not automatically improve other areas of your life.

Your surgeon will speak to you in detail about your expectations for the procedure including whether they are achievable. Sample implants can be used to help demonstrate what physical result you can expect from this cosmetic enhancement.

If you are considering breast augmentation surgery and would like to know if you are a good candidate for this transformative procedure, please do not hesitate to contact our discreet and experienced cosmetic surgery team who will be delighted to schedule an appointment for you with our internationally renowned and board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. David K. Funt.