Out of all the plastic surgery procedures performed today, the one that has gained the most notoriety – not of all of it deserved – is breast augmentation. It is not unusual for people to immediately think the worst when they hear someone is considering getting breast implants. The most common assumption is that a woman just wants really large breasts, or that there has to be a guy pushing her into getting the implants.
However, nothing could be farther from the truth. There are several common reasons why a woman might want breast augmentation, and most of them have nothing to do with being vain or pleasing another person. Let’s take a look at a few of the more common reasons why women consider implants.
Correction of Asymmetry:
Although it’s gemerally assumed that most women have perfectly even, symmetrical breasts, the opposite is actually true. Breasts don’t always develop in sync, nor do they necessarily end up the same size. In some cases, the difference between breasts is barely a cup size, someone might have one breast that is a “B” cup and one that’s a “C” cup. In other cases, the difference in size can be more dramatic, for example with one breast being an “A” cup and the other a “D” cup.
It can also be that a woman starting out with relatively even breasts may see a change after pregnancy or breastfeeding. It is common after pregnancy for one breast to be significantly smaller or larger than the other. These women have several surgical options. Besides implants, she may benefit from a breast lift, espeically if one or both breasts has begun to sag. A breast reduction can also be used to decrease the size of the larger breast.
Adding Volume to Underdeveloped Breasts:
Underdeveloped breasts are different from those that are simply small. Some women have a congenital abnormality, such as tuberous breasts. Usually, these women experience breast asymmetry, enlarged or puffy nipples, and a small size chest. Breast augmentation plays a part in correcting the deformity, but it is not the only step in the process. Often, surgery to correct tuberous breasts will involve improving the shape and size of the nipple, as well as altering the skin in the chest area.
Address the Changes After Pregnancy and Breastfeeding:
Many features on a woman’s body can see a change after pregnancy, especially the breasts. Although a woman’s breasts tend to get bigger during the nine months she carries a child, and may remain larger while she is breastfeeding, they will typically lose size and volume afterward. Some women find that their breasts go back to the size they were pre-pregnancy. Others see that their breasts are even smaller than they were before pregnancy. For example, it’s not unusual for a woman who was a C-cup before baby to find herself an A-cup post-baby.
Breast augmentation can provide dramatic results, helping to restore the size of a woman’s breasts after she’s had children. A breast augmentation combined with a breast lift can also help to address the sagginess that may develop in the breasts after childbirth and breastfeeding. Sometimes the skin cannot shrink back to its pre-baby size on its own.
To Boost Lost Confidence:
Finally, plenty of women decide to get breast implants for one simple reason: they aren’t happy with the current size or shape of their breasts. They simply want a boost in confidence. In some cases, getting implants can mean the difference between swimming in tops and finally getting a shirt that fits properly. For others, it’s a way to correct a deformity or asymmetry, so they will no longer feel the need to hide the way their breasts look. No matter the reason a woman may get breast implants, they will normally notice a rise in self confidence and self esteem afterwards.
Whatever your reason for wanting implants, it is important that you want to work with a top plastic surgeon. Dr. Paul Vitenas is Board Certified plastic surgeon and one of the nation’s top aesthetic surgeons. To learn more about your implant options and what to expect from surgery, call 281.484.0088. Consultations are always confidential and virtual appointments are available for those living outside of the Houston area.