Am I an ideal candidate for breast augmentation?

Gregory Wiener, MDMuch research and thought go into the decision to have breast augmentation surgery. There’s much to consider, including timing.

So what are the criteria plastic surgeons use to determine who may be a good candidate for surgery? Here are a few:

You are physically healthy

You aren’t pregnant or breastfeeding or have active infections, cancer or other serious illnesses. You also shouldn’t smoke or drink excessively. You’ll want to discuss your medical history and current medical concerns with your surgeon during your consultation.

Your breasts must be fully developed

The age varies for each woman, and some women still go through changes in their 20s. Saline breast implants are FDA-approved for women 18 years old and older, while silicone implants are approved for women 22 years old and older.

You have lost shape and volume

If pregnancy, aging or significant weight loss has left your breasts appearing “deflated,” a breast augmentation can help restore volume and lift when combined with a breast lift.

You are self-conscious that your breasts are too small

If you believe your breasts are too small (which is called macromastia), breast augmentation can help you achieve a shape more in proportion with the rest of your body.

One breast is larger than the other

Puberty, injury, illness or hormonal changes can cause one breast to be larger than the other, and breast implants can help you balance your shape.

You have realistic expectations

You need to be in a healthy frame of mind and understand how this surgery permanently changes your appearance.

You’re doing this for YOU

As with any cosmetic procedure, you alone need to decide if this surgery is for you. You shouldn’t get plastic surgery done to please anyone else. You need to research to know the risks and rewards of having such a life-changing surgery.

Breast augmentation surgery is the most popular cosmetic surgery with more than 300,000 procedures performed in the United States each year. If you are looking to make 2020 the year you take the plunge and get fuller, larger breasts, schedule your consultation with Dr. Wiener by calling (773) 763-3990 today.

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