Should I Have a Breast Augmentation?

A fit young woman with a ponytail rests her hands on her hips wearing a yellow sports braSeveral factors can contribute to dissatisfaction with the appearance of your breasts. If you are tired of feeling self-conscious and are ready to make a change, breast enhancement can be a great option for transforming your figure and improving your self-image.

The board-certified plastic surgeons at UCI Plastic Surgery can evaluate your medical history, anatomy, and treatment goals to see if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Beyond determining if the surgery is medically safe for you, only you can decide if breast augmentation is right for you.

Common Reasons for Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation increases breast size, adding or replacing volume to achieve your desired look. If you are concerned about sagging or drooping, our surgeon may recommend having a breast lift with your augmentation procedure. The following are some common reasons you may choose to enhance your breasts:

Micromastia

Underdevelopment of breast tissue is referred to as micromastia or breast hypoplasia. Patients with micromastia often have a flat chest with no perceivable breasts. While this condition poses no risk to your health, you may struggle to feel confident or feminine in your body. A breast augmentation can provide the volume you desire, so you can look and feel your best.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy can cause major changes throughout your body, and your breasts are no exception. An increase of one or two sizes is normal during pregnancy. Your breasts also undergo changes during breastfeeding, such as swelling and size increases. However, after childbirth and breastfeeding, you may find that your breasts lose volume and have a deflated look.

Aging

As hormone levels fluctuate throughout your life, your breasts will change. Along with age-related changes in skin elasticity that can cause breasts to sag, changes in estrogen levels can affect the size and texture of your breasts.

Weight Gain or Loss

Your breasts can be affected by weight gain or loss as some amount of fat is stored in this area. Weight gain can cause an increase in breast size due to increased fat tissue in the area, and weight loss can result in a loss of breast volume as fat stores decrease.

Asymmetry

While it is normal for women to have one breast that is slightly larger than the other, some women have breasts that develop into significantly different sizes.  When there is a considerable size difference between your breasts, you may be self-conscious or avoid certain clothing or situations that reveal your chest. Breast asymmetry is typically not a health concern, but it can detract from your quality of life.

When Should I Have my Breast Augmentation?

There are a few guidelines to consider when deciding when to schedule your procedure.

Is your family complete?

As mentioned, pregnancy and breastfeeding can dramatically change your breasts. Though breast implants may not interfere with breastfeeding, our surgeons recommend waiting until your family is complete before you enhance your breasts in order to avoid the potential need for a revision surgery.

Are your breasts fully developed?

Ideal breast augmentation candidates have fully developed breasts. Breast development can continue through a woman’s early 20’s. Our surgeons will advise you to postpone your breast augmentation if your physical development is still ongoing.

Schedule your Breast Augmentation Consultation in Orange County

To find out more about breast augmentation and if you are a candidate, contact one of our three locations to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. For our Costa Mesa office, call 949-999-2411. For our Orange and Tustin offices, call 714-456-3077.