Women considering breast augmentation at my Birmingham, Alabama practice have a range of very personal reasons for wanting the procedure. In general, most want to gain a sense of confidence in their bodies. Besides that, breast augmentation patients want breast implants for one of the 4 reasons described in this blog post.
It’s also important that breast augmentation patients choose to get breast implants because it’s something they want to do, rather than because another person is encouraging them to undergo the procedure. In my years of practice, I know that patients who make this decision for themselves are much more likely to be satisfied with the results.
What Are the Reasons Women Get Breast Implants?
The best candidates for breast augmentation have thought carefully about their choice and have consulted with board-certified plastic surgeons to discuss their options. The 4 reasons someone wants breast augmentation include:
- Implants improve the size and shape of breasts that have always been underdeveloped. Some patients tell me that they’ve always had small breasts and believe that enhancing their size will make them feel more confident and feminine. In some cases, they want to expand the styles of clothes and bathing suits they can wear.
- They have uneven breasts. Having perfectly symmetrical breasts is rare, but for most women, the asymmetry is not enough to make them self-conscious. For women with more significant asymmetry, breast implants are a solution for uneven breasts. Using different sized implants is a commonly used technique, although a single implant may be used if one breast is considerably smaller than the other. Combining a breast lift with implants is also an option.
- They can restore volume and shape after pregnancy. The physical toll of having children often includes the breasts losing volume and, in some cases, shape. Breast augmentation restores the fullness that women had before pregnancy. Combining a breast lift with implants restores both volume and a more youthful shape.
- Implants are one way to reconstruct breasts after a mastectomy. Women who undergo mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer have a number of options, including breast reconstruction using implants.
Whatever the reason for considering breast augmentation, patients should have realistic expectations about the results. When choosing breast implants, it’s important to consider your body type, the current size of your breasts, the amount of existing breast tissue, and your cosmetic goals.
Looking at our gallery of breast augmentation before-and-after photos can provide a good sense of the types of results you can expect. To request a consultation at our plastic surgery practice in Alabama, contact us using the online form or call us at (205) 933-9308 to schedule an appointment.