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Am I Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

With more than 20 years of experience as a cosmetic surgeon, Dr. David A. Bottger offers expert advice to patients seeking breast augmentation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. According to Dr. Bottger, a good breast augmentation candidate is a healthy woman who is at least 18 years of age.

When making the choice to undergo breast augmentation, it should always be for personal reasons and not for the approval of anyone else. Some reasons women decide to consider breast augmentation include:

  • Being uncomfortable with the shape of one or both breasts to due to asymmetry or abnormal development
  • Feeling dissatisfied with breasts that have lost shape and/or volume after pregnancy, weight loss or aging
  • Being self-conscious or unhappy about breasts that feel too small

Ideal candidates will have realistic expectations about what the procedure will accomplish and how it will affect their lives. Many patients find it helpful to review breast augmentation before and after photos during the decision-making process.

You might not be a good candidate if:

  • Your breasts are still developing
  • You have an active infection anywhere in your body
  • You are currently pregnant or breast-feeding
  • You have existing cancer or pre-cancer conditions that have not yet been adequately treated

To talk to Dr. Bottger about your breast augmentation candidacy, contact the David A. Bottger Breast Augmentation office serving Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

How Do I Prepare for Breast Augmentation?

Planning ahead for a breast augmentation procedure can help patients experience a smoother surgery and a faster, safer and easier recovery. When preparing for your breast augmentation procedure, patients should consider the following:

  • You will need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from your procedure, and for the first 24 hours of your recovery, you’ll need to have a friend or relative stay with you.
  • To ensure a smooth recovery, plan ahead to minimize your responsibilities at home and at work by having a strategy in place before you undergo surgery. Prepare extra food ahead of time, reschedule meetings, and arrange for help to take care of children or pets. You will also want to ask your physician when you can resume driving a car, having sex and exercising.
  • Be sure to fill any medications you are prescribed ahead of time and keep them in a convenient location for your recovery.
  • In the days preceding your surgery, eat a healthy diet and avoid drinking alcohol.

Within 24 hours of your procedure:

  • Refrain from extremely vigorous exercise.
  • Do not eat or drink anything, including water, after midnight the night prior to your procedure. If your physician permits you to take any prescribed medication the morning of the procedure, take it with a minimal amount of water.
  • Try to shower the night before your breast augmentation. Wash surgical areas with antimicrobial soap and refrain from applying any makeup, moisturizers, lotions, oils, or creams,  including deodorant.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing to your appointment. Clothing that opens in the front and comfortable flat, slip-on shoes are best.

In addition to your personal preparation, our plastic surgeon may also ask you to:

  • Get a blood test
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid taking aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs that may increase bleeding

If you have any questions about breast augmentation surgery, or you would like to schedule a consultation, contact David A. Bottger at his Pennsylvania office.