Breast augmentation may not be the right choice for you if:
You are still in your teens.
Teenagers – especially those under the age of 18 – are still growing very quickly. Since growth can affect the size, shape, fullness, and placement of the breast implants, wait to perform any augmentation until the breasts have had their full chance to develop.
You are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding can dramatically change the breasts. Surgery during these times can be hard on the body, dangerous for a developing baby, or damaging to your ability to provide the nutrition your little one needs. Once you reach the end of pregnancy and breastfeeding, however, you may be a good candidate.
You haven’t had a checkup for breast health recently.
Undiagnosed medical conditions or abnormal mammogram readings may contraindicate breast augmentation surgery, because surgery could make the condition worse. Make sure your existing breast tissue and chest structures are healthy before undergoing surgery.
You have untreated breast cancer, or you are battling breast cancer.
Breast augmentation surgery before or during breast cancer treatment could have negative effects on your health and complicate your recovery. Coordinate with your oncologist to determine the most appropriate course of action.
You have a serious illness or infection.
Illness and infection stress the body’s ability to defend itself and recover from trauma. Talk to your surgeon about your ailments, and then schedule an appropriate time for the procedure.
You aren’t informed about the limitations and requirements of breast augmentation surgery.
If you don’t know what to expect, you may be disappointed or confused by the results. Ask lots of good questions beforehand. Consider compiling a list of all your concerns and sharing them with your doctor. Write down the answers you get for later reference.
About Dr. Goldschmidt
Matthew Goldschmidt, MD, FACS is a cosmetic surgeon with an impressive list of academic and professional achievements. He is board certified by two surgical boards which include the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, for body, breast and facial surgery, as well as the Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.