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Breast Augmentation Report

By James Barber M.D.
Cosmetic Surgery Expert
Updated: October 07, 2008
Are those real? You can guess and speculate all you want, but chances are you don't know nearly as much about breast augmentations as you think. You probably come across dozens of women each week who have implants, but you would never guess because they aren't rich and famous blonds from Beverly Hills. Right know I am going to level with you about breast augmentation surgery - the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

I have found through countless consultations that no matter how much information I give about these procedures, the patient gets a lot more useful knowledge and piece of mind when I let them ask specific questions about the procedure. With that in mind, I will share with you all the questions I routinely hear along with anything that someone outside the medical community might not know to ask.


Why do women get breast augmentations?

Though men may not want to hear it, few women get implants to attract them. Most women just want to improve their self image. When we are critical of ourselves we assume that others are too. Though this is typically not the case it does make us feel more confident around others when we like the way we look. Many women never developed to their own expectations and use breast augmentation as a way to meet them. Others may have one breast that is smaller or less shapely than the other and wish to balance things out. Another large segment is women who wish to restore their natural breast volume after it has been altered by pregnancies, aging, or changes in weight. Some specific complaints that often arise during consultations include the following:
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  • General feeling that breasts are too small
  • Change in size, shape, or volume after losing weight
  • One breast is noticeably smaller than the other
  • Bathing attire, tight tops, or low cut tops make to too self-conscious to wear them out
  • Dresses that fit well in the hips are too large at the bustline
  • Pregnancies have taken a toll on the breast, reducing volume and firmness
Is anyone NOT a candidate?

Younger women desiring implants must be sure that they have fully developed. Any natural growth after the surgery could seriously affect the results. Also, it is very important that candidates be of sound mind. They must be clear about why they what an augmentation and reasonable about their desired results, understanding that great improvements are very likely while absolute perfection is not.

What do I do when I decide I want to take a serious look at having the procedure?

You will need to have a professional consultation with a plastic surgeon who is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. If you live outside the U.S. you can contact The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the respective board that applies to your country.

What is involved in a consultation?
The consultation is where you will sit down with the surgeon and go over all the details of the operation as well as the pre-op and post-op instructions. This is also where you will discuss many of the concerns found in this report. Luckily, you will have a heads up on what to ask and what the answers will be. Knowing what to expect should make going ahead with the consultation much easier for you.
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