How to Know if Breast Augmentation is Right for You
For some patients, breast augmentation is a purely aesthetic choice. For others, it is an opportunity to reconstruct their breasts after a mastectomy. Whatever the specific reason for the procedure, breast augmentation not offers patients a more symmetrical and shapely appearance, but also a boost in self-esteem.
However, this procedure is not a perfect for every patient. Your candidacy depends on key factors, such as your age, medical history, and cosmetic goals. At our Bethesda, MD, plastic surgery practice, Dr. Roger J. Oldham will hold an in-depth consultation with you to discuss your options, determine your candidacy for the procedure, and address any concerns you may have about treatment.
Why Choose Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation can address a number of aesthetic concerns, including:
- Achieving a more flattering figure
- Restoring breast volume following pregnancy or weight loss
- Improving the body’s proportions
- Improving symmetry between your breasts
- Addressing congenital defects in one or both of the breasts
- Enhancing self-confidence
- Reconstructing breasts after a mastectomy
However, patients should never undergo plastic surgery because they feel pressured by their partner to do so. You should only pursue treatment if you personally wish to do so.
Candidates for breast augmentation should be in good general health.
Health Requirements for Breast Augmentation
Certain physical attributes may restrict a patient's candidacy for the procedure. First and foremost, potential candidates must be in good general health to qualify for any type of breast surgery. The FDA has also placed an age restriction on breast augmentation candidates: patients must be at least 21 to receive silicone implants and 18 to receive saline ones, with rare exceptions.
Because breast size often fluctuates with weight, Dr. Oldham will typically only recommend an augmentation to patients who are at a stable weight, have sufficient skin elasticity, and are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding. For those who have loose or sagging skin, he may recommend combining the procedure with a breast lift.
Smoking seriously inhibits the body’s natural healing ability. Consequently, patients who smoke must stop completely a few weeks prior to and after surgery to enhance recovery as much as possible.
Your Initial Consultation
During your first meeting with Dr. Oldham, he will ask a number of questions about your cosmetic goals and general health to get a sense for your case. He can then perform a thorough examination, including mammograms, an assessment of overall skin elasticity and anatomy, and a detailed discussion regarding your medical history.
It is essential that you relay any relevant health information to Dr. Oldham during your consultation.
It is essential that you relay any relevant health information to Dr. Oldham during your consultation so he can determine if there are any contraindications to treatment. He will also ask you to provide a list of any current medications and herbal supplements. Based on the results of his examination, the doctor can determine whether breast augmentation is the most suitable course of treatment for your goals.
If the procedure seems appropriate, he will review before and after photographs of past patients with you so that you can get a sense for what kind of results to expect. After gathering all necessary information, the doctor can then design a treatment plan customized to you.
Meet with Dr. Oldham
If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation, schedule a consultation with Dr. Oldham to find out if you are a candidate. Contact us online or call our office at (301) 530-6100.