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When is the right time to have breast enlargement?

May 6th, 2013

When is the right time for me to have breast enlargement?

I am frequently asked when a patient should consider having cosmetic surgery more often than almost any other question. It is the most common question that I get from patients during an initial consultation. Whether it is for breast surgery, nose surgery, tummy tuck or facial rejuvenation: When is the right time seems to be an important concern. Generally speaking, a cosmetic surgery discussion might be in order when you are significantly bothered by a particular physical feature. However, there are specific considerations with each surgery.

Let’s talk about breast augmentation or enlargement.   A young woman who is not done growing and breasts are not fully developed, is not a candidate for augmentation at this time.   However, the surgery is appropriate for women in their early twenties or older women who have diminutive breasts and wish to be bigger. I also commonly see women with a loss of breast tissue after having children and notice that their breasts have gotten noticeably smaller.

According the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (ASPS), more than 300,000 women have traditional breast enlargement surgeries each year. Today there are three choices for breast enlargement surgery. Each option is unique and patients should fully understand their choices.   Silicone implants and saline implants have been the main two choices for quite some time, but lipo fat transfer is now another choice to add breast volume.   Fat transfer is an ideal choice for women preferring a more natural way to increase breast size, without the placement of implants.

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