Am I A Good Candidate For Breast Augmentation?
New techniques and technology have made breast augmentation safer, and more natural looking than ever before. Therefore it’s no surprise that breast augmentation remains one of the most requested plastic surgery procedures. Women with small breasts often choose to have breast augmentation as a means of boosting their self-confidence and self-esteem.
But many of them are still unsure about the procedure and so they want to find out – Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation?
About Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation or augmentation mammoplasty is a surgical procedure that is done to increase the size of the breasts. The procedure is typically done by women with naturally small breasts, who wish to increase their size, because they think they are too small for their body.
Breast enhancement generally involves the insertion of breast implants that are made of a solid silicone shell and filled with either sterile saline solution or silicone gel. The implants are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, and types.
There are pros and cons relating to both types of implants, and these should all be considered, so that you make the most appropriate selection for your desired breast size and shape.
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Are You a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
The best candidates for breast augmentation should be in good health, and should not have any existing condition that would put them at risk if they undergo surgery. They should also be near their ideal weight.
Candidates for breast augmentation should be at least 18 years old. Saline implants are approved by the FDA for women 18 years old and older, while silicone breast implants are approved for women 22 years of age and older. Doctors generally advise teens to wait until they are adults, before considering breast enhancement surgery.
Your breasts must be fully developed if you want to be considered for breast augmentation. Doctors do not recommend doing breast augmentation, or any type of breast surgery, until the breasts are fully developed. This is not the same age for everyone. While some women have fully matured breasts by their late teens, there are others whose breasts are still going through changes even in their 20’s.
Women with breasts that have lost shape and volume are also good candidates. This is common among moms, because pregnancy and breast feeding can change the breast shape and size, but it may also be due to aging, or weight loss.
Although it is often performed solely for cosmetic purposes, breast augmentation may also be done to reconstruct the breast after a mastectomy.
At El Paso Plastic Surgery, we use the advanced Vectra 3-D imaging technology, to help patients visualize how they will look with breast implants of different types, shapes, and sizes. Vectra 3-D is a wonderful tool that allows patients to visualize the final results, so that they can make the right choices regarding implants.
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Breast augmentation is normally done under general anesthesia, and takes about 2 hours to perform. There are several possible locations for the incisions, these include the inframammary fold (inframammary incision), around the areola (periareolar incision), or in the armpits (trans-axillary incision).
The placement of the implants is another important consideration with breast augmentation surgery. The implants can either be placed sub-glandular – below the breast tissue and above the chest muscles, or sub-muscular – below the chest muscle.
Recovery after breast augmentations takes about 7 days on average. The normal side-effects include swelling, tenderness, soreness, and bruising. Patients should get as much rest as possible in the first few days after surgery, and all strenuous activity should be avoided.
If you are considering breast augmentation, or any other type of cosmetic surgery, it is always important to have all the relevant facts, so that you can make an informed decision.
Patients should also have realistic expectations about the procedure and take note of the possible risks that may occur. They should also be aware that breast implants are not intended to be permanent, they typically last 10-20 years.
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