Who is a good candidate for breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States, with more than 300,000 going under the knife each year for larger, shapelier breasts. Choosing to undergo breast augmentation is a deeply personal decision. It’s important that you are doing it for you and not for someone else. How do you know if you’re a good candidate? Read on for some key criteria.

  1. You are generally healthy. It’s important that you are in good physical health and don’t have active infections or serious illnesses. If you are pregnant, you will need to wait until you have recovered from childbirth and are done breastfeeding.
  2. Your breasts are fully developed. Saline breast implants are FDA-approved for people who are ages 18 or older. Silicone gel implants are approved for placement in women who are 22 years old or older.
  3. You believe your breasts are too small, or that they appear sagging, flattened, elongated or asymmetrical. Breasts often lose shape and volume after pregnancy, significant weight loss and aging in general. For some women, one or both breasts didn’t develop normally.
  4. You have realistic expectations and understand the risks and rewards. Breast augmentation permanently alters your body, so it’s important to understand what surgery can and cannot do. Listen to your surgeon and his recommendations and ask all your pressing questions about the surgery and your desired outcome. Breast augmentation is generally considered safe, and saline and silicone gel implants are FDA approved.
  5. You will have help after surgery. You will need to get plenty of rest for a good recovery from surgery. During this time, you won’t be able to perform certain tasks or do heavy lifting. If you have children, make sure you arrange for someone to help you with the child care during this time.

These are just some of the criteria that makes someone a candidate for breast augmentation. If you are interested in learning whether you are a candidate, call 309-323-8120 to set up a consultation in our Bloomington office.

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