The breast is a universal symbol of femininity, nurturing, love, and sexuality. 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 ‘I have nothing left!’ 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. Breast augmentation will not affect a woman’s ability to breastfeed. The implant is placed behind the chest muscle and never touches the breast tissue. Most patients do not have a permanent change in sensation after augmentation. Breast implants do not cause breast cancer or any other systemic disease. In order to provide the safest environment, I believe that all surgery should be performed in a certified 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. During this no-cost, no-obligation consultation, the procedure is explained in detail and all of your questions are answered. If you are interested in learning more about breast augmentation or other cosmetic procedures, please contact my office at 925.736.5757.
We look forward to hearing from you… and exploring the possibility of sculpting a new you!
By Stephen J Ronan, MD, Blackhawk Plastic Surgery, Resident since 2007