I have never developed breasts. Can I have surgery? (Photo)
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You are definitely a candidate for breast augmentation based upon the pictures you have provided
The main issue will be exactly what the best way of doing that is. Not only are there a number of different types of implants available, but there are different techniques, or ways of putting the implants in, that can be used depending upon your individual needs and body and tissue characteristics. This can be quite a complicated process, so it will require that you seek personal consultation and examination with a qualified and experienced board certified plastic surgeon. One option that I can suggest that you consider right off the bat is an anatomically, or tear drop, shaped implant. These implants do an excellent job of creating a very natural and beautiful shape to the breast, especially in ladies who have very little of their own tissue to camouflage the implants. Again, this is something that will have to be discussed with your surgeon in detail though.
One other thing to mention, and perhaps the most important thing here, is your depression. While I understand that one's body image is intimately associated with mood and self-esteem, if your depression and anxiety are bad enough to need medications, I highly suggest that you get far enough along in treatment with your mental health care provider so that those underlying conditions are stable before undergoing surgery. I also understand that your underdeveloped breasts are contributing to your depression and anxiety in the first place, but I am concerned that they may not be the fundamental cause. That is to say that there are many ladies out there who have very small, or even deformed, breasts, and while they may be self-conscious about them and desire surgery to improve their appearance, most do not need medications to treat anxiety and depression resulting from the appearance of their breasts. This is more the exception rather than the rule. I am concerned that there may be some other issue underlying all of this for you, and if that is not addressed first, you may undergo surgery only to find that those underlying issues are still there, and you are no happier or less depressed and anxious than you were before surgery. The main point here is that surgery can simply make your breasts larger, and while that may improve your self-esteem, it is not a treatment for depression or anxiety which are severe enough to require medical management or psychotherapy. Please don't take this as a judgment, because it is not. In fact, I am coming from a position of concern for you because I have been in situations just like this in which I allowed my ego and the patient's pain resulting from her body image to get in the way, and I thought I could "cure" her depression by doing breast augmentation. Usually, this fails, as the real cause of the depression is deeper or even unrelated to the breasts themselves, and thus, the surgery does nothing to address this. In summary, I am not saying don't get breast augmentation; in fact, I think you should at some point. As I said above, you are a great candidate physically from the current appearance of your breasts, and I think enhancing them will make a big difference in how you feel. What I am saying, though, is be sure you have fully evaluated and stabilized your mental health issues FIRST before embarking on a surgical plan, because if you don't there is a very real risk that those conditions can be destabilized by the stress of surgery, even if you get a good result, and that can make things worse.
I wish you the best of luck, and I hope one day you are happy, anxiety-free, and you look and feel great about your breasts and yourself!
Breast augmentation may work well for you.
Breast Augmentation Candidate
Thank you for your question and photos. I can't see any reason for you not to consider breast augmentation. You will be able to discuss appropriate type, size and placement for your body during your consultation. I recommend that you meet with a board certified Plastic Surgeon.
All the best
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I have never developed breasts. Can I have surgery?
Breast implants are a great option!
I would meet with a plastic surgeon and determine what your goal end size is. It may be possible to achieve this in a single surgery. I would typically order more than one size of implant and use a sizer "practice implant" in surgery to see how much your tissues would accommodate, which would allow to me to select the biggest implant that would safely fit.
The muscles and skin overlying your chest wall can stretch to accommodate an implant. Much like a pregnant belly stretches with time, these tissues will loosen with an implant. You may elect to move to a larger size as time passes.
I'm sorry I'm not familiar with the plastic surgeons in your region. Good luck!
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