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Am I a breast augmentation candidate?


It is important to consult with a trained plastic surgeon like Dr. Waltzman to determine if you are a good candidate for breast augmentation.  In general terms, you might be a good candidate if the following apply to you:

  • Your breasts are fully developed (at least 18 years old) and you feel your breasts are too small
  • You are interested in increased size and projection of the breasts
  • Your breasts are asymmetrical- not the same size
  • You desire to reshape your breasts
  • You don’t like the upper part of your breasts because they appear to be “empty”, or “deflated”
  • After breast cancer surgery, you desire breast reconstruction
  • You are dissatisfied with the shape and volume of your breasts after pregnancy, nursing, weight loss or aging

One common question patients have is whether they are a good candidate for augmentation alone, or if they will need a breast lift as well.  In general terms, if a patient’s nipples are significantly below the level of their breast fold, or if their nipples point down instead of forward, then they will likely be a candidate for a breast lift and an augmentation.  Sometimes, patients are borderline in terms of whether or not a lift will be necessary.  In these particular cases a patient may elect to have an augmentation first and then decide at a later time if a lift is necessary.

Women who are over the age of 40, or who have a history of breast disease need to have a current mammogram before breast augmentation surgery. New Mothers, and Mothers who are breast feeding, interested in breast augmentation surgery are advised to wait at least 6 months after finishing breast feeding to have breast augmentation with Dr. Waltzman. Waiting several months will help ensure that your weight and breast size are stable, allowing you to optimize your surgical results.