Even though most women value the size, shape or symmetry of their breasts, not all of them may be good candidates for breast augmentation surgery. The good candidates should be able to meet a set of physical, emotional and medical conditions.

Breast augmentation surgery has been one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in America over the years and by sheer number (3,07,000), it was the number one cosmetic surgery performed in 2011 according to the statistics of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

In most cultures, the breasts are measures of beauty and femininity in women and many women feel that their breasts are not as good as those of many others, they see in everyday life or in Television or movies. For some women, these could be short term feelings which go away with time. For others, the feeling persists as a source of unhappiness and leads them to seek cosmetic procedures. There are, of course, the other cases where women go for cosmetic surgery to rectify genuine defects or blemishes in the breasts.

Women seek breast augmentation surgeries for a variety of reasons such as:

  • Small or under-developed breasts
  • Change in breast size due to weight loss
  • Breasts have lost firmness and out of shape.
  • Lack of symmetry- one breast being larger than the other
  • Some other defect

This is a major surgery and may be risky for women who suffer from diabetes, cardiovascular and other serious diseases. All such women seeking this procedure have to go through medical tests on their health conditions and those who do not clear the tests must refrain from taking the surgeries.

Even those who are adjudged healthy need to meet some more conditions to be good candidates for the surgery. These are:

Women need to be physically mature: As per the standards, the women will have to be 18 years or more and 22 years or more to receive saline implants and silicone gel implants respectively. Some experts believe that some women achieve full physical maturity even later and it is better to wait till about 25 years.

Women need to be emotionally mature: The women should be able to comprehend fully the positive sides (e.g breast enhancement and associated benefits) and the negative sides (e.g recovery from surgery and associated discomforts) through research and consultation with the cosmetic surgeons. They should not seek the enhancement merely to satisfy others or to meet certain circumstance and should have it only if it makes them happier and more confident.

Women who are not pregnant or nursing: This criteria needs to be met for medical reasons keeping in mind safety of the mother and baby when the women are in these conditions.

Women with asymmetrical breasts: Major difference in the two breasts may cause self consciousness and lack of confidence.

Women not satisfied with their breast size: There are women whose breasts may not have attained normal size which could be a major source of unhappiness. The procedure may bring in remarkable improvement ln breast size and cleavage.

For the women, who meet the above conditions and wish to go for breast augmentation, this may be a long time commitment. While the procedure is likely to bring in highly satisfying enhancement in the hands of a good cosmetic surgeon and could be a source of great joy, the life of the implants can be finite and the procedure may have to be repeated after several years. Overall, the chance of needing another surgery after the breast augmentation is 50% over the patient’s lifetime.

[Source:This writeup is sourced from the article “Best Candidates for Breast Augmentation Surgery”

By casurgical on June 20, 2012 From californiasurgicalinstitute.com ]