The Do’s and Don’ts of Breast Procedures

Breast SizeIs Breast Augmentation Right For You?

Although the mean age is about 35, women of various ages from 18-60 elect breast augmentation for many different reasons: Breast asymmetry from birth, lack of proportional development, loss of volume after babies and sagginess that may develop from gravity may all be reasons for choosing breast enhancement.

These factors generally define good candidates for breast augmentation procedures:

  • You can clearly define why you would like a breast augmentation.
  • You understand what breast augmentation surgery can and cannot accomplish.
  • You accept the risks of breast surgery and your responsibilities as a patient.
  • You are healthy, emotionally stable and secure.
  • You accept that implants are not for life and that you may need follow-up and eventual implant replacement.
  • You are looking for a proportional, natural and restored breast result.
  • You have realistic expectations and are willing to accept minor asymmetries.

There is no proven link between breast augmentation and breast cancer. The FDA still stands behind their studies which state that breast implants are safe and approved.

Dr. Steven Ringler, Grand Rapids, Michigan Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Grand Rapids Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery

Don’t Overcomplicate It

One thing I know from years of experience as a plastic surgeon is that like all plastic surgery, women have breast procedures for their own personal reasons. It isn’t about trying to please someone else or even to be noticed. In fact most of my patients want a natural look that doesn’t stand out.

For example, with the mommy makeover they typically just “want their old body back.” So with that in mind, my advice is don’t overcomplicate it. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with a lot of conflicting information online and from friends and acquaintances. So get reliable information from a trustworthy source-a board certified plastic surgeon (specifically the American Board of Plastic Surgery, not one of the “wannabe” boards.)

Be honest with your goals and take your time to decide. A good plastic surgeon will make sure that you have all the information you need to make the right decision. Timing is a consideration depending on the procedure. For example a breast lift might be best postponed until you are not planning to have more children. A breast reduction or augmentation could be considered whenever the breasts are fully developed, depending on a number of other factors.

Dr. Richard Baxter, Baxter Plastic Surgery

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