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    Who is a good candidate for breast augmentation?

    shutterstock 128330897 e1556676361471 178x300 - Who is a good candidate for breast augmentation?Breast augmentation plastic surgery is usually performed for cosmetic reasons, whether to enhance the size of disproportionately small breasts, improve the balance and symmetry between breasts, or simply create a more voluptuous body shape.

    Sometimes breast augmentation may also be performed as a part of breast reconstruction following mastectomy. It is advisable for patients to work with a board certified plastic surgeon for breast augmentation as well as any other procedures for the face, breast, and body.

    The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides breast implant surgery to patients in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and surrounding locations.


    Need for Breast Augmentation

    A vital part of the breast augmentation process is to establish the candidacy of a patient and understand her intrinsic need for seeking this surgery.

    Only the patient herself can provide an accurate answer to this question, and the surgeon should motivate her to offer an honest and well-considered response to this question. Women commonly seek breast enhancement for the following reasons:

    • Creating a more proportionate breast appearance in relation to the rest of the body
    • Developing symmetry between uneven shaped or sized breasts
    • Attaining a more appealing, sensuous feminine appearance
    • Restoring the fullness in breasts after pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight fluctuations
    • Addressing birth defects in one or both breasts
    • Adding fullness to the breasts to treat micromastia
    • Reconstructing breasts following mastectomy
    • Boosting self-esteem and body image

    The surgeon will ensure that the candidate develops reasonable expectations about the augmentation surgery to be able to make an enlightened decision.


    Medical Requirements

    Breast augmentation candidates must be in good overall health. The surgeon will conduct a medical examination, review the breast structure and skin quality, and assess the health and surgical history of the patient.

    On their part, the patient should honestly reveal health-related details as required by the surgeon to ensure her safety during the plastic surgery procedure.

    In case the patient smokes or takes specific drugs or herbal supplements, she should honestly inform the surgeon.

    This will allow the surgeon to give suitable pre and post-operative guidelines to the patient. Additionally, the patient should have a stable and moderate body weight as well as be free of infections and bleeding tendencies.

    Additionally, the patient should not be pregnant or nursing and be free of any cancerous or pre-cancerous breast tissue.


    Minimum Age Requirements

    Silicone breast implants are FDA-approved for breast augmentation in women over the age of 21 years. In the case of form stable or ultra cohesive breast implants, the same age limit is applicable as well. Women aged 18 years and older can undergo breast enhancement with saline implants.

    A woman under the age of 18 years may only receive a breast implant to address birth related deformities and breast tissue injuries. Candidates who follow the surgeon’s pre and post-operative guidelines in a diligent manner and are able to keep realistic expectations typically accomplish the most satisfactory results.

    Plastic surgeons at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery receive patients from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and nearby areas for breast implants.

    For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery and M Body Contouring and Laser Centerplease visit:

    Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.

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