Breast augmentation remains the most popular type of plastic surgery, as it has been for several years. There are nearly as many reasons to have this procedure as there are women, but there are a few common themes.
From the moment you consider altering the shape or size of your breasts until you’re recovering from surgery, you have many things to decide. Understanding some of the factors that motivate other women to have the procedure may help you make some of those decisions.
Dr. Walter D. Gracia has more than 30 years of experience as a plastic surgeon. During that time, he’s helped hundreds of women achieve the look they’ve always wanted. Breast augmentation is one of the most popular services at our practice, which demonstrates that women in Fort Worth, Texas, have similar physical goals and desires as women across the country and world.
If you’re trying to decide whether or not breast augmentation is the right step for you, here are 5 reasons many other women have opted to have the procedure. They may help you reach a decision.
1.The idea of bigger breasts appeals to you
The most common reason women choose to have breast augmentation is the one you’d probably guess: they want bigger breasts. It’s clinically proven that men are more attracted to women with larger, shapelier breasts. It makes perfect sense that women want to accentuate that trait, if possible.
And it is possible. Dr. Gracia can help you have the breasts you’ve always wanted, within reason.
2. Pregnancy changed your breasts
Weight gain, then loss, hormonal changes, and nursing can all impact the appearance of your breasts. If you’re unhappy with the way your breasts look -- they may seem deflated or sloped instead of full and voluptuous -- breast augmentation may be the answer.
Keep in mind, however, that if you do go through another pregnancy, your breasts will go through all the same changes again, and the effects of your breast augmentation could be lost. Additionally, breast augmentation can make breastfeeding more challenging.
3. You want your breasts to “match”
More than half of women have differently shaped breasts. One may be bigger than the other, or simply be shaped slightly differently in some other way. In most cases, this is a benign condition that can be easily corrected with breast augmentation.
We are talking about lifelong differences in breast shape or size. If you have a sudden change, it could be a sign of something serious such as trauma, hormonal changes, or even cancer. Dr. Gracia can run appropriate diagnostic tests to make sure you’re healthy before proceeding with breast augmentation.
4. You’d like to turn the clock back a bit
Over time, your breasts lose volume. The tissue in your breasts may appear to deflate and sag. After the childbearing years, either just before or during menopause, is a popular time to have breast enhancement. Breast augmentation can help you look and feel younger.
However, there are a few things to consider. First, breast augmentation can make mammograms a bit more difficult. You don’t need to worry about your implants rupturing, you may need extra imaging. It’s important to make sure the technician doing your mammogram knows you’ve had breast augmentation.
If you’re over 40, you may have extra skin along with lost volume. If you have too much loose skin, Dr. Gracia may recommend a breast lift in addition to the augmentation.
5. You’ve had a mastectomy
If you’ve had cancer and beat it by undergoing a mastectomy, you may want to consider breast augmentation to help you feel better as you recover. Augmentation can rebuild your breasts and help heal your body post-cancer.
Dr. Gracia can recreate your breasts using silicone implants, autologous tissue, which is tissue from other parts of your body, or a combination. His goal is to help you obtain the look and feel you want.
Each of these five reasons to have breast augmentation have a common theme, and that is that they have a positive psychological impact. Regardless of whether you’re looking for a change in the size or shape of your breasts, or if you’re looking for a reconstruction, the bottom line is that you’re doing it for yourself. You want to look and feel better. And when done well by an experienced and knowledgeable professional like Dr. Gracia, you can reach those goals.
If you’d like to learn more about breast augmentation, or you have specific questions, book an appointment with Dr. Gracia. He’s happy to answer your questions and to advise you regarding your own situation.