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Who Is a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

Breast Augmentation

Breasts are linked to femininity and contribute to the beauty of the physical features of a woman. Many a time, women are not happy with the size of their breasts and feel that their breasts have not fully developed. As a result, they perceive their figure as not proportional to the size of their breasts. If this describes you, breast augmentation can achieve your desires and give you your ideal breast size.

What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is surgery for increasing the size of your breasts. It involves placing breast implants under your chest muscles or breast tissue. Breast augmentation has proven to have a substantial positive impact on body image.

Your doctor can use any of the four types of incisions during breast augmentation. The four incisions are transaxillary, inframammary, periareolar, and transumbilical. Your doctor can help you decide which type of incision to use after selecting an implant and factoring in the benefits and risks of each incision.

Types of Breast Implants

The common types of breast implants are silicone gel-filled implants and saline-filled implants. Saline implants are silicone shells filled with salt water. The salt water is sterile, hence the name saline. Some saline implants are pre-filled, while others get filled during the augmentation procedure. Your plastic surgeon can insert the implant while empty then fill it up once in position. Saline-filled breast implants are available for women from the age of 18 and above.

Silicone-gel-filled implants are silicone shells filled with silicone gel. Most women claim that silicone implants tend to feel and look like natural breasts. Silicone gel is sticky and thick like human fat. Silicone-filled implants are available to women aged 22 and above.

Ultimately, the choice of the implant you desire is up to you. Your surgeon can only recommend what implant suits you based on your body type, anatomy, or the results you want.


Like any other surgery, breast augmentation can have complications. Breast augmentation can have the following risks:

  • Breast pain.
  • Poor incision healing.
  • Implant deflation or rupture.
  • A change in breast sensation.
  • Bleeding.
  • Anesthesia-related risks.
  • Capsular contracture.
  • Asymmetrical breasts.
  • Increased risk of another breast reconstructive surgery.
  • Infection.

Candidates for Breast Augmentation

Deciding to do breast augmentation is a personal decision. It is ideal to have breast augmentation based on your preferences and not because of influence from someone else. You can experience great satisfaction if the decision to undergo the procedure comes from within.

You are a good candidate for breast augmentation if:

  • Your expectations are realistic.
  • You are not pregnant.
  • You are not breastfeeding.
  • You are physically healthy.
  • You have asymmetrical breasts.
  • You are dissatisfied with how your breasts look.
  • Either one or both of your breasts have not developed.

Finding the Ideal Surgeon

Breast augmentation is a very delicate cosmetic surgery. It is ideal to find a certified and experienced plastic surgeon. Get a list of licensed and highly recommended plastic surgeons and schedule consultations.

Do not be afraid to ask them questions concerning their experience, testimonials, or training. Knowing you are in the right hands will boost your confidence. The right expert will enable you to relax during the procedure and will also meet your expectations.

For more on who is fit for breast augmentation, visit East Bay Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at our office in Oakland, California. You can also call 510-451-6950 to book an appointment today.