There were almost 300,000 breast augmentations performed in the U.S over the last twelve months according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, so you would not exactly be alone if you made the decision to improve your body shape in this way.

As you will soon discover when you talked to someone like breast augmentation specialist, Dr. David Halpern and other similarly qualified professionals, you should ask a number of important questions before you make any decision to go ahead with surgery.

Are you a good candidate?

A vital starting point in the decision-making process is to ask the question of whether you are a good candidate for breast augmentation.

The critical aspect that should be the fundamental reason why you are considering having breast augmentation work is whether you are doing this for yourself or for someone else in your life.

The answer must always be that you want to do this for yourself and it could be for the reason that you want fuller breasts and want to improve your body shape.

Provided your reasons are centered around what you want rather than anyone else, this is a good indication that you should at least be considered a good candidate.

Breast augmentation explained

It is also vital that you have a good understanding of what the procedure is and what it involves, so that you can make a fully informed decision on whether to go ahead, once you are armed with all the facts.

Breast augmentation surgery is the use of saline or silicone breast implants to increase the actual size of your breasts or restore the volume and lift that you once had and may have been lost through weight-loss or pregnancy.

Breast augmentation is a procedure that is able to not just increase the fullness and projection of your breasts but it can also improve the balance of your figure as well as boosting your self-confidence and how you feel about your body.

Understand the limitations

It is important to appreciate that any type of surgery has certain limitations in what it can achieve and while breast augmentation will definitely enhance the shape and projection of your breasts, it will not be able to correct severely drooping breasts.

Your qualified surgeon will have a detailed discussion with you about the procedure in general and as part of the evaluation process, they may suggest that a breast lift is required in unison with having breast augmentation.

It is often possible to combine the two procedures during one operation or it may be suggested that you undertake them separately. The surgeon will discuss these options and make recommendations based on what you need and how best to achieve it.

Silicone or saline?

Another question that will need answering is whether you want to have silicone or saline implants.

Both types of implants are perfectly capable of giving your breasts a natural look and feel, so the decision may come down to things like your age and breast size as well as possible what budget you are working with.

Saline implants are generally less expensive compared to silicone.

The other differences that need pointing out are that saline implants do not provide any cause for concern if they happen to deflate or rupture at some point. Some people feel that silicone implants feel a bit more natural but you should also be aware that they often require a larger incision in order to insert the implant and they need periodic monitoring for any signs of rupturing.

Safety first

Your health and safety is always a primary consideration and a professional surgeon will go through a rigorous evaluation process to ensure that you are a suitable candidate both physically and emotionally.

They will also be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have about the safety of breast implants and how it will affect your body over time.

Implants are actually heavily regulated and the U.S Food and Drug Administrations who deem them to be safe, have been monitoring their suitability since 1976.

You need to feel comfortable with the whole process of breast augmentation from start to finish and that means also having the confidence that the products used and the procedure itself is regulated to ensure patient safety.

It should go without saying that you are the only person who really matters when coming to the decision to have breast augmentation and provided you are happy and deemed to be a good candidate after being evaluated, then you can go ahead and improve your breasts if that is what you want to do.

Dr. David Halpern is a truly exceptional surgeon, with unparalleled training and experience, receiving board certifications in three areas – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, General Surgery and Micro-Hand Surgery, demonstrating his broad level of skill and expertise. Certifications were received from the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and the American Board of Surgeons. The extraordinary depth and breadth of Dr. David Halperns training provides for optimum aesthetic enhancement and outstanding patient care. Receiving his medical degree from the acclaimed New York University, Dr. David Halpern trained at both the prestigious Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City as well as the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Additionally, he has held the position of President of the Florida Hand Society and Chief of Staff at Memorial Hospital in Tampa. Over the years, Dr. David Halperns most notable work has been published in peer-reviewed plastic surgery and hand surgery medical journals throughout the US.