Breast Augmentation Information

Qualifications

In general, good candidates for breast augmentation:

  • Aren't pregnant or breastfeeding

  • Are old enough to have fully-developed breasts

  • Are bothered by the feeling that their breasts are too small

  • Are dissatisfied with their breasts losing shape and volume after pregnancy, weight loss, or with aging

  • Are unhappy with the upper part of their breasts appearing "empty"

  • Have asymmetrical breasts

  • Have one or both breasts that failed to develop normally or have an elongated shape

  • Have limited ptosis (droop)

  • Are healthy and do not have medical conditions that impair healing

  • Are nonsmokers

  • Have a positive outlook and realistic expectations


Preparation

In preparing for a breast augmentation, you may be asked to:

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation

  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications

  • Stop smoking

  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements because they can increase bleeding and bruising

  • Arrange for a friend or family member to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you the first night following surgery


Recovery

Avoid lifting for 2 weeks and do not go to the gym or do strenuous activity for 6 weeks. Acute pain and soreness will last a few weeks, but your doctor will prescribe pain medications to help you remain comfortable.


Although infrequent, the risks and complications of breast augmentation include:

  • Uneven breasts

  • Breasts that are too high

  • Breasts that are too low

  • Asymmetry (unevenness between two sides)

  • Capsular contracture (excess scar tissue around implants)

Unlikely Complications