more than 310,000 women in the US underwent cosmetic breast augmentation surgery. That’s more than triple the number from 1997. In addition, about 100,000 breast cancer patients had reconstruction surgery following a mastectomy, often with implants.In 2018,
At Lahar Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, California, Dr. Nicholas Lahar trained under some of the best cosmetic surgeons in the country, and he’s refined his techniques for breast augmentation surgery to create the most beautiful and natural-looking results for each of his patients. While many women are good candidates for this procedure, some women shouldn’t consider it. Learn more about breast augmentation and candidacy below.
Breast augmentation basics
Beverly Hills breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty or a “boob job” in the vernacular, is an elective cosmetic procedure that’s become more widely accepted and easily available as the field has developed. Plastic surgeons, too, have made great progress in how they use a Beverly Hills breast lift and shape the breasts to create the desired result.
Still, the decision to get breast implants is a highly personal one, and patients should always be honest with themselves and their physician about whether this procedure is a good fit for them or not, and whether they’re good candidates.
There are any number of reasons women choose to get breast implants; all are equally valid, as they’re personal. They include wanting to:
- Increase the size or volume of breasts
- Correct an asymmetry between breasts
- Restore fullness lost to pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Create a figure that’s more balanced (e.g., breast to waist)
- Correct breasts abnormally shaped
- Reconstruct breasts after cancer treatment
A woman must have fully developed breasts before the doctor can perform the augmentation procedure. But no matter what your reason for choosing it, the best way to achieve a great outcome is to go in with a clear understanding of the process and have a reasonable expectation for the results.
Patients can choose from two types of implants:
These implants have a silicone shell filled with a sterile saline solution. The surgeon can fill the implants with more or less saline to help you achieve a custom size and shape. And if the implant develops a leak, your body can easily process the saline solution.
These implants have a silicone shell filled with a soft silicone gel, which offers a soft, natural feel that saline implants don’t. However, women who get silicone implants must have routine ultrasound or MRI scans to ensure there’s no sign of leakage, as the material can make you sick.
Who shouldn’t consider breast enlargement?
As a general rule, anyone in fairly good physical and mental health who doesn’t smoke can be a breast implant candidate. However, you’re not a good candidate for the surgery if:
- You’re either pregnant or breastfeeding
- Your mammogram was abnormal or you have breast cancer
- You’re sick or battling a systemic infection
- You have unrealistic expectations for the end result
According to an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, women with any kind of breast surgery, including breast enlargement, are at least three times more likely to have an inadequate milk supply for breastfeeding. But while concerns about the safety of breast milk have also been raised, there hasn’t been enough research to resolve the issue one way or the other.
Even if breast implants aren’t the right choice for you, Dr. Lahar may be able to recommend another procedure that can help you reach your aesthetic goals.
If you’re considering breast enlargement but aren’t sure if you’re a good candidate, contact Lahar Plastic Surgery to set up a consultation. Call our office at 310-403-3514, or book online with us today.