Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
The desire to achieve larger, firmer, more shapely breasts is common among women of all ages, making breast augmentation one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the United States. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), in this country alone, over 300,000 women underwent breast augmentation in 2015. However, it is important to know that not everyone is a candidate for breast augmentation. There are certain requirements and guidelines which must be considered when evaluating if you are fit for surgery and well-suited for breast augmentation.
Requirements and Considerations for Breast Augmentation
The FDA requires that women who receive saline breast implants be at least 18-years-old, and those who receive silicone gel breast implants be at least 21-years-old. There is no upper age limit for breast augmentation. Women in their late 40s and beyond can be good candidates for breast augmentation or breast enlargement combined with a breast lift, depending upon their individual anatomical attributes. It is paramount to your safety that you be healthy enough to undergo surgery and heal properly after the procedure. Women with problematic health issues and those who smoke are not typically cleared for surgery due to health risks and an increased possibility of healing complications. Additionally, candidates for breast augmentation must have reasonable expectations for their surgical outcome and generally exhibit good skin quality, supportive musculature, and adequate room to accommodate implants.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. James Matas
If you are considering breast augmentation and desire a skilled, experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, we suggest you schedule a consultation with James Matas, MD to determine if you are a good candidate for breast augmentation.