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Are You a Candidate for Breast Implants?


The first step in determining whether or not a woman is a good candidate for getting breast implants is by looking at her overall physical and mental health

Breast augmentation is, far and away, the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the Tampa Bay area. In fact, breast augmentation was the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedure in the entire United States last year, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. But despite its popularity, not every woman is a good candidate for getting breast implants. What qualities can help ensure the most positive outcome for breast enhancement surgery?

Your Health Matters

The first step in determining whether or not a woman is a good candidate for getting breast implants is by looking at her overall physical and mental health. Ideal breast augmentation candidates won't be either overweight or underweight, and shouldn't be actively dieting during surgery or recovery. Women who are currently pregnant or nursing should wait until after weaning before considering breast implants.

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It's also important to maintain realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure. Although it's normal to expect physical improvements, absolute perfection shouldn't be the goal of any cosmetic surgery, and patients who are anticipating perfection will be disappointed.

Age is something to think about as well. Saline implants are approved for use in women who are over the age of 18, but silicone implants can't be used until a woman turns 22. For young women who want silicone gel implants, it may worth considering the option of waiting until after turning 22 before getting surgery, rather than undergoing one augmentation with saline implants and a revision procedure to exchange them for silicone later on.

Thinking about Aesthetics

There are a number of reasons women would be good candidates for breast augmentation surgery. Most women are interested in implants because they feel their breasts are too small, or simply are not proportionate with the rest of their frame. One telltale sign of this is when clothes fit closely around the hips, yet are looser at the chest. Feeling self-conscious about a smaller breast size is another indicator that a woman might be a good candidate for breast implants.

Breasts may also fluctuate in size and shape over time and with physical changes like pregnancy or weight loss; it's common for women to consider breast augmentation in order to regain their natural curves again. Women may also choose augmentation if their breasts are asymmetrical, so that their figure looks more even.

Lifestyle Choices

Your lifestyle is also an important aspect to consider before breast augmentation. Women who are very physically active or involved in professional sports may want to think about how their current activity level could be affected by larger breasts. Sometimes, smaller implants may be a better option for very active women.

Future weight gain or loss, pregnancy or breastfeeding should all also be included considerations prior to breast augmentation. Physical changes in the body have the potential to affect the outcome of cosmetic surgery. And, while most women are able to enjoy breastfeeding after getting implants, there is always a possibility that augmentation surgery could complicate things. Being aware of any potential risks like these is part of having realistic expectations about the outcome of your procedure before making a commitment to move forward.

Making Your Decision

If you think you're a good candidate for breast implants, your next step should be to visit a skilled and experienced cosmetic surgeon who specializes in breast augmentation. After a consultation, evaluation of your medical history and physical exam, your surgeon will be able to tell you definitively whether or not you are a breast augmentation candidate, and help you reach your appearance goals.