Becoming dissatisfied with your breasts over time is very common. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Bounds at Plastic Surgery of Virginia Beach helps women achieve more satisfaction with their breast volume through breast augmentation. His patients share a variety of objectives for choosing the procedure, including the following reasons.
To Enhance Breast Size and Shape
Every female body is unique, and that includes her breast size. If you are unhappy with your breast size, breast augmentation can help you improve confidence in your appearance. Likewise, implants can correct a lack of fullness in the upper “pole” of the breast. It can also correct specific abnormal developments, including tubular breasts, which have an elongated shape.
To Correct Breast Asymmetry
Breast asymmetry is more common than you may think. If your breasts are two different sizes, you know the inconvenience of choosing the right bra or wearing a bathing suit and you may wonder how noticeable your asymmetry is to others. Breast augmentation can correct asymmetry by using an implant to make the smaller breast the same size as the other — or, by using two different sizes of implants to make both breasts your goal size. Your confidence improves when your breasts look more harmonious.
To Restore Breast Volume
After pregnancy and nursing, many women experience a loss in breast volume. Breast augmentation can reverse this unwanted effect by restoring the breasts to their pre-childbirth appearance (or improving upon it). If a pregnancy- or nursing-related decrease of skin elasticity has resulted in breast sagging, you may choose to incorporate a breast lift procedure as well. This combination of procedures is also popular among women who have experienced massive weight loss. When breast augmentation helps you to reattain your former proportions, your self-esteem is likely to rise.
To Balance the Figure
Body positivity is a powerful movement that embraces body types of all shapes and sizes. When curvier women with smaller breasts are unhappy with an imbalance in their figures, they may choose to enhance their breasts for better proportion with the waist and hips. With breast implants that appear natural for your body type, you can feel more confident about your figure and comfortable in your own skin.
What Age Do Women Undergo Breast Augmentation?
According to the most recently available statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the age distribution of breast augmentation patients is as follows:
- 35% age 30 to 39
- 27% age 20 to 29
- 28% age 40 to 54
- 7% age 55 to 69
- 1% age 70 and over
These figures indicate that a choice to undergo breast augmentation has little to do with age or stage of life. Wherever you are on your journey, breast augmentation may help you improve quality of life by enhancing your confidence. It should be a choice you make for yourself, as a healthy woman with realistic expectations about your results.