Do I Need Breast Augmentation?

woman-her-covering-breastsThe general goal of a woman is to have round, perky breasts that fit well with her physique. If a woman wants to change the size or shape of her breasts, she may be considering surgery. Among the most commonly requested plastic surgery procedures is breast augmentation.

Breast augmentation can help someone to achieve a more sensuous, feminine physique. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, many women have said their quality of life improves after breast augmentation. If you are unsatisfied with the appearance of your breasts, you may be asking yourself, “Do I need breast augmentation?”

Things to Consider Before Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is surgery. It is important that a patient is sure they want a breast augmentation and understand what it entails before deciding to undergo the procedure. Women who are planning on having children should take into the consideration that their results may change after childbirth. Weight fluctuations can also influence the original results. Patients should be at least 18 years of age for saline breast implants and at least 22 years of age for silicone gel breast implants.

An Ideal Candidate for Breast Augmentation:

  • Is physically healthy
  • Has realistic expectations about the procedure
  • Is undergoing the procedure for themselves
  • Has a disproportionate figure due to small breasts
  • Naturally has small breasts or has lost breast volume due to the effects of pregnancy or weight loss

The Breast Augmentation Procedure

Once you have decided that you are ready to undergo breast augmentation, you will need to make decisions on implant type, incision location, and implant placement. Shaped or round silicone implants or saline implants can be inserted through an incision through the armpit, along the breast crease, or around the areola. Depending on the patient, her preferences, and her anatomy, the breast implants will be placed either under the pectoral muscle or above the pectoral muscle. The incisions are sutured, and a bandage will be wrapped around the breasts. For the first few days, patients should avoid sleeping on their stomach. Most patients return to work after one week and exercise after four weeks.

Can breast augmentation be combined with other procedures?

For an all over body makeover, many patients who undergo breast augmentation choose to combine it with other surgeries. Patients who have sagging breast tissue may combine breast augmentation surgery with a breast lift. Women who want to improve the appearance of their body following pregnancy can undergo a tummy tuck to correct a protruding abdomen and liposuction to remove stubborn fat. When a mother undergoes a combination of body contouring surgeries, this is known as a Mommy Makeover.

To learn more about your breast augmentation options, contact Dr. Alexander today! He is an experienced plastic surgeon who can help you achieve larger, more flattering breasts. Schedule your consultation today by calling (954) 589-0722 or by filling out our online contact form.