You think you may be ready for breast enhancement. Whether you want to enhance the size or shape of the breasts you were naturally given, or you’d like to regain your post-pregnancy body, breast augmentation may be the solution you’re looking for. However, breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that takes careful consideration before making your final decision.
Breast augmentation surgery (mammaplasty) can be a life-changing procedure for the right woman. Some patients may be better suited for the procedure than others. Today, we’ll take a look at some qualities that may or may not make you a suitable candidate for a breast augmentation.
Before considering breast augmentation surgery, your breasts should be fully developed. Although saline implants are FDA-approved for women 18+ (silicone 22+), it’s important to remember that everyone ages differently. Some women may not have fully developed breasts until their mid-20s. A consultation with a board-certified surgeon can help assess your eligibility for the procedure.
There is no upper age-restriction for breast augmentation surgery. Instead, the quality of your skin will play a role in whether augmentation is right for you. The ideal candidate for breast augmentation surgery is one who is unhappy with the size of her breasts but also retains relatively good skin elasticity. Many women who are 50+ experience exceptional results from the surgery.
You Have Realistic Expectations
Women who are thinking about breast implants should have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for them. While an augmentation can enhance the size and shape of your breasts, the procedure cannot lift sagging skin or reposition the nipple. Being left with excess skin or saggy breasts after pregnancy, breastfeeding, or menopause is common and a breast lift could be a great fit to restore and enahnce your body. Triple Board-Certified surgeon Dr. Brady Harris can help you decide which procedure is best for you.
You’re Done Family Planning
The results of your breast augmentation can be negatively affected by future pregnancies. Your breast implants may need to be removed or replaced after your baby is born. Many younger patients that opt for breast enhancement can plan their future pregnancy around the time implants will naturally need to be replaced in about 10-years. However, many women choose to hold off until after they are done family planning to undergo the procedure. Women who get breast implants and decided to breastfeed later in life often can do so without any issues, although that guarantee can never be made.
You’re in Good General Health
The ideal candidate for breast enhancement surgery is an otherwise healthy woman both physically and mentally. Patients should have no health complications that prevent them from undergoing general anesthesia. Non-smokers tend to have better results from surgical procedures of all types.
You Have Time for Recovery
Although many women are able to return to non-strenuous activities including work after about a week, it can take upwards of 2-3 weeks to get back into your normal routine. Pushing yourself too hard, too soon can prolong the healing process and worsen potential scars. Make sure you have plenty of time off of work or school before considering breast augmentation surgery.
Are Breast Implants Right for You?
The only real way to determine your candidacy for any cosmetic surgery is through an in-person consultation with a board-certified surgeon. During your consult, Dr. Harris will assess your concerns and speak with you about your goals. Afterward, he’ll create a personalized breast enhancement plan to effectively achieve your desired results.
Take The Next Step
Ready to learn more? Schedule your Breast Augmentation consultation with Dr. Brady Harris at Image Surgical Arts serving the Paducah, KY area today. Simply fill out the contact form on this page or give us a call at (270) 366-1932.