Most women interested in breast augmentation are intelligent, successful, and well-adjusted individuals who are simply concerned with their breast size. The overwhelming majority of women who undergo breast augmentation are very satisfied with their result. Because of such high patient satisfaction and improvement in self-image, it is not surprising that breast augmentation is one of the more common aesthetic plastic surgery procedures performed.
There are two main groups of women that are typically interested in breast augmentation. The first group is women who feel they never developed the breast volume they desire. After surgery, many of these patients benefit psychologically and experience an improvement in self-confidence. In fact, studies show that many women have a better self-image and less anxiety, depression, and shyness after breast augmentation.
The second group of women that commonly seek breast enhancement are those that lost volume after pregnancy, a condition called post-partum breast involution. Many of these patients complain that they have nothing left after nursing and/or having their baby. Typically, these patients have an augmentation which restores their breast volume…and sometimes a bit more! A mastopexy, or breast lift, procedure can be performed at the same time to lift and improve shape simultaneously.
Breast augmentation is a safe procedure and does not typically affect a woman’s ability to breastfeed. When we place the breast implant behind the chest muscle, it never touches the breast tissue, and most patients do not have a permanent change in sensation after the augmentation. Another method of breast enhancement involves transferring fat from another part of the body to better shape and enhance the breast. We call this fat transfer or fat grafting. To provide the safest environment, I believe that all surgery should be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon in a fully accredited surgery center or hospital with an anesthesiologist present.
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for breast enhancement is to schedule a consultation with us. During this complimentary appointment, we will discuss the procedure in detail and review your options, questions and concerns together. If you are interested in learning more about breast augmentation or other cosmetic procedure, please give us a call at 925.736.5757. Until then, we look forward to hearing from you!
By Dr. Stephen J. Ronan, MD FACS, Blackhawk Plastic Surgery and MedSpa