Is Breast Augmentation for You?
Many women come in for breast augmentation simply to restore their pre-pregnancy breast volume. Others come in because they have never been happy with the size of their breasts. It might be of little surprise, then, that breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic surgery in the country.
With about 290,000 breast augmentation procedures performed in 2013, this surgery is more common than nose reshaping and liposuction, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Most people who undergo the procedure have done a great deal of research before making their decision, says Dr. Krishna S. Dash, plastic surgeon and co-partner at the Institute of Plastic Surgery, Colorado Springs, Colo.
With breast augmentation as with any surgery, there are certain criteria and health risks to consider first. Women should either be finished having children at least six months prior to the surgery or they should not be considering having children in the next few years. Also, women should discuss with their surgeon where to place the implant with regard to having a mammogram so they will still receive the most accurate mammogram possible. And of course, women should spend a significant amount of time reflecting on what size they want their breasts to be.
If women have fully considered and discussed the above with their doctor and decide to move forward with surgery, they could actually benefit not only physically but also psychologically from the procedure. Larger breasts can improve self-esteem and overall quality of life. The vast majority of patients who undergo a breast augmentation surgery feel much better about their appearance following the procedure, Dr. Dash says.
"I've seen a change in just the last ten years where people really understand the benefits of feeling better about themselves," Dr. Dash says. "Breast augmentation often makes women feel more comfortable and confident in their appearance. Since so many more people are having cosmetic surgery it's more accepted than it was in the past."