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Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

If you are a naturally small-chested woman looking to achieve a shapelier figure, a woman with unevenly shaped breasts looking for a more symmetrical bust line, or a woman who has lost her shape due to pregnancy, age, or weight loss, you may be considering breast augmentation. This breast surgery involves the insertion of either silicon or saline implants to achieve larger or more evenly-shaped breasts. But how do you know whether or not breast augmentation is a good option for you? Only a skilled breast surgeon is qualified to help you determine whether or not the procedure is right for you, but here are a few general guidelines to get you started.

First, what is your age? You must be at least 22 years old to receive silicone implants. If you are under 22, but over 18, you may be a candidate for saline implants.

What is your budget? Breast augmentation surgery runs, on average, about $3500 for the implants and the surgeon’s fees. In addition, there will be additional fees for labs, anesthesia and facilities. Breast implants typically require replacement every 7 to 10 years, so these costs must also be taken into consideration.

What is your reason for wanting the surgery? If your breasts have lost shape due to pregnancy, age, or significant weight loss, restoring your shape may be a good self-esteem boost. If you’re looking to change your shape as an answer to general unhappiness or low self-esteem, you may want to think long and hard about undergoing the surgery. Breast augmentation is not the best answer for everyone, so consider your motivations carefully before changing your body.

What is the current state of your health? There are a number of pre-existing conditions that could be complicated by breast augmentation surgery. For instance, if you have an active infection anywhere in your body, you are not a good candidate for even a minimally-invasive surgery. If you are taking certain medications, they may increase the risks of surgery as well. You will need to consult with your surgeon and discuss all medications and pre-existing conditions before you know whether you are a candidate for breast augmentation.

Have you accepted the possible side effects and risks? Before undergoing any surgery, you must be educated on possible risks and side effects and accept the possibility that these could occur. Possible side effects of breast augmentation include scarring, infection, shifting of an implant, and temporary or permanent changes in the feeling or shape of the breast. This is a limited list of potential side effects. Your surgeon will discuss all risks and side effects with you as you decide whether or not to undergo the procedure.

If you think you may be a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery, then setting up a consultation with a reputable cosmetic surgeon is the next step. He or she will work with you to determine if you are, in fact, a good candidate for the surgery, as well as the best size, shape, and type of implant for your body. Your consultation will also make you aware of all of the risks and side effects, as well as benefits of breast augmentation. Contact us today to schedule yours!



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