The procedure of breast augmentation can greatly impact your breast contour and overall appearance. It is a surgical option ideal for women looking to improve their breast size and shape. The breast volume can be enhanced either by the use of implants or via fat transfer breast enhancement. Both options are highly effective, and the latter is a more natural way of augmentation because your own body fat is used for transfer to the breasts.
However, this cosmetic breast surgery is not recommended for all women. During the initial consultation with the plastic surgeon, there would certainly be a discussion about your expectations and goals. Your medical condition would have taken into consideration and the surgeon would ask about your lifestyle. There are three major things that are taken into consideration to determine whether the procedure is right for you.
- The age requirements as set by the FDA
The FDA has given approval to use saline implants for breast enlargement in women who are 18 years of age and above. At the same time, the FDA has given approval to silicone implants for breast augmentation only in women who are 22 years of age and above. So, while planning to undergo the procedure, consider whether you meet the age requirements that are set by the FDA.
- Whether you are ready to accept the risks involved in the procedure
Any plastic surgeon would prefer to work with a patient that is well-informed and confident. As in any other surgical procedure, there are certain risks associated with breast augmentation surgery such as rippling and capsular contracture, implant displacement or damage and visible scarring. With breast implants, extra steps have to be taken for maintaining your health. Regular follow-up visits are also required with the plastic surgeon.
- Are you in good mental and physical health?
The surgeon that you choose will definitely want to know whether you had a recent history of depression, breast cancer or autoimmune disorder or whatever you have medical conditions that may lead to complications during the surgery. These include allergies to anesthesia and chronic high blood pressure.
It is important to maintain realistic expectations regarding the results and understand that breast augmentation may have its limitations and risks. If you are found to be a candidate for the procedure and undergo the surgery, make sure that you follow all the instructions of your plastic surgeon to maintain the good results obtained.