Who Is a Good Candidate for a Breast Augmentation?

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If you were to list the cosmetic procedures surgeons performed most often, a breast augmentation would likely be at the top of it. The procedure is readily available, and improvements in the last few decades have made it widely acceptable. Surgeons have become very adept at lifting and shaping the breasts quite effectively. 

The choice to go for this procedure is both very personal and can be very rewarding. Most people can agree that augmentation can enhance a woman’s appearance. But before signing up for surgery, you should find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Here are some factors that can contribute to candidacy for a breast augmentation:


Being Physically Healthy


Before you get breast augmentation or any other type of surgery, you need to be physically healthy. Your general health is important for ensuring that you recover effectively from the procedure. 


Most surgeons will not perform surgery on someone who is in poor health. If you are on medication or have a medical condition, you need to inform the surgeon. The doctor will examine you to ensure that you are healthy enough for the procedure.


Have Sagging Breasts


Breast augmentation surgery is ideal for women who have sagging breasts. The reason for the sagging could be age, weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding. If any of these are the case, you are a good candidate for the procedure. 


You are also a good candidate if you have flattened or elongated breasts, or if they lack volume or cleavage. Breast augmentation is usually offered as part of a complete mommy makeover. 


Asymmetrical Breasts


Most women have slightly asymmetrical breasts. This is a condition where one breast is small compared to the other. For most women, the difference is barely discernable. However, there are women whose breasts are very different in shape and size. 


These women usually feel very self-conscious about their appearance. Breast augmentation surgery can correct this issue. The surgeon can use implants and a breast lift to make the breasts as similar as possible. 


Healthy Frame of Mind


To be a good candidate for breast augmentation or any cosmetic surgery, you must have a healthy mind. The procedure will alter your appearance, and you need to be prepared for the results. 


The best candidate for the procedure will be someone who understands the risks and rewards. It is someone who has realistic expectations and is not using surgery to try to fill an emotional void. It is important to listen to the surgeon’s assessment and advice on your goals.


Should Not Be a Smoker


Being a smoker can affect the results of breast augmentation surgery. Smoking can lead to infections and affect blood circulation and function. Being a smoker will interfere with the recovery process. To be a good candidate for the procedure, you need to quit smoking before the surgery and during recovery. 


You need to be an adult to get breast augmentation surgery. Remember, breast augmentation will alter your appearance, and you must be ready for that mental and physical change. You should be able to have time to rest and recover after the procedure and adapt to this new change. 


To find out if you are a good candidate for breast augmentation or to schedule a consultation, call Kenneth Bermudez, M.D., at our office in San Francisco, California at (415) 712-1800 today.