Am I a Candidate for a Breast Augmentation?

Published on September 21, 2022
By Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery of Acadiana

A breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures worldwide. Besides being readily available and widely accepted, cosmetic specialists have been making great strides in how they lift and shape breasts. 


Of course, the decision to undergo this procedure is highly personal. Although breast augmentation can be highly rewarding, you should do your due diligence to determine whether it is a good fit. Before you undergo any cosmetic surgical procedure, you must ensure that you are a good candidate. 


What Is Breast Augmentation?


A breast augmentation, also called a ‘boob job’, is a procedure to increase breast size or change breast shape. A cosmetic surgeon can augment your breasts using fat transfer or implants placed under the breast tissue or chest muscles. 


Reasons to Consider Breast Augmentation


Many patients undergo breast augmentation to feel more confident. Others do it to rebuild their breasts due to various conditions. Some of the reasons you may want to get this procedure include:


  • To improve your self-esteem and confidence

  • To enhance the appearance of your breasts if you believe they are too small

  • To correct any unevenness or problems with your breasts after undergoing breast surgery for another condition

  • To improve the symmetry of your breasts

  • To address a decrease in your breast size after significant weight loss or pregnancy


Who Is a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?


If you are considering this cosmetic procedure, it would be helpful to understand what it involves. That includes follow-up care, potential risks, and complications. Patients should meet several criteria for a cosmetic surgeon to classify them as good candidates for breast augmentation. Some of these include:


  • Generally, patients should be in good physical health, meaning no untreated cancer, active infections, or severe illness. Those with medical issues should discuss them with their cosmetic surgeon. So, if you are considering this procedure but have a current medical problem, your surgeon will help you determine whether you are a good candidate

  • There is a good chance you are a candidate for a breast augmentation if you have flattened, sagging, asymmetrical, or elongated breasts

  • You may be a good candidate if you do not consume too much alcohol or smoke

  • The best candidates are those with a healthy mindset when choosing to undergo this procedure

  • Most cosmetic surgeons prefer patients with realistic expectations. It helps to understand that this surgery would not give you a wildly different appearance or fix any body image issues

  • A good candidate understands the rewards as well as the risks. Breast augmentation surgery is generally safe. But as with any other surgical procedure, there are some risks. Consult your doctor to learn more about them


Who Is Not a Candidate?


Generally, you may be a candidate for breast surgery if you have good physical and mental health. However, you may not be a good candidate if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Also, you are likely not a good candidate if you are sick, fighting an infection, or have breast cancer. 

Ultimately, the criteria discussed above are general guidelines to determine whether this procedure is good for you. Each person is unique. So, the final decision will be between you and your cosmetic surgeon.


For more information on breast augmentation surgery, contact Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery of Acadiana at our Lafayette, Louisiana office. Call (337) 504-3640 to schedule an appointment today.