Should I get a breast augmentation?
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Options to treat breast asymmetry
Wants to go from D to DD
You have several questions. First - asymmetric breasts. It depends on what is making the breasts uneven. Implants may minimize a small difference. Breast lifting or breast reduction may be needed to decrease large differences between breasts.
Should you get a breast augmentation. Research shows that after breast augmentation, most women can breast feed but fewer women can do so and are unable to breast feed as long, compared to women who have not had breast augmentations.So there are some changes.
You already have large breasts - a D cup is larger than normal in most cases. Yet you want to go bigger. A lot depends on your shape. If you are a small woman with large breasts, this might be too large for your frame. If you are overweight - losing weight first might be reasonable.
Finally - your age. You are an adult and you are definitely entitled to make these decisions. No question. But it is my experience that women up the age of about 22, are much more likely to have breast augmentations that they later regret than older women. This is because at your age, you are still developing as a human being -- what seems right for you now may not be so good for a slightly older 'you.'
Definitely get a face-to-face consultation with a plastic surgeon. But if you were my patient, I might recommend that you have surgery to correct the asymmetry if it is a significant difference. But postpone a breast augmentation a year or two. If you disagreed, I would probably do what you wanted but I wouldn't be surprised if 2 years later, you came back to have the implants removed. Best wishes.
Should I get a breast augmentation?
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Breast Augmentation - Breast Symmetry
1) Augmentation of just one side is one option to help the smaller breast match the larger breast.
2) Augmentation of both breasts with different sized implants (lager implant for the smaller breast, and smaller implant for the larger breast) can also help achieve breast symmetry. The benefits of augmenting both sides would be having the increased volume you desire. Because both breasts with have an implant, the breast will have a similar feel.
3) You could reduce the size of the larger breast with either liposuction or a breast reduction. The benefits of this option would be avoiding breast implants. The downside of liposuction would be that it could make the breast more droopy and the downside of a reduction would be visible scars on the breast.
Your best bet is to get a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to evaluate the extent of your asymmetry and give your options for implants to achieve your goals. Things that we, as plastic surgeons, look for during an examination are: differences in nipple position, differences in the amount of skin, differences in the position of the fold underneath the breast, and overall volume difference. Sometimes 3-D imaging can help quantify these differences more accurately. All of these differences are important factors because some of them can be changed with augmentation and some cannot.
As for breast feeding, a number of women are unable to breast feed even if they have never had breast surgery. Traditional breast augmentation should not change your ability to breast feed.
There are a number of potential options for you, of which a breast augmentation may be one. I would suggest you make an appointment with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in your area to have a full examination and discussion.
With regards to breast feeding, implants should not have any effect.
Augmentation should not affect your ability to breast feed. However, not everyone is able to but it should not be attributed to the procedure.
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