What Makes You a Good Breast Augmentation Candidate?

Beautiful brunette woman posing in red lingerie, bodysuit.If you’re thinking about breast augmentation, you’re one of many. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has pegged breast augmentation as the leading plastic surgery procedure for the last 20 years. Each year, 300,000 patients or more undergo this surgery. There may be a variety of reasons they do so, but the underlying desire of all patients is to feel like themselves and to love what they see in the mirror. As you set out on your breast enhancement journey, you should get to know the characteristics that will make you an excellent candidate for breast implants.

Know Thyself

There are a few things you should know about yourself before you move forward with breast augmentation. One is why you want to have surgery. The only way for the procedure to be fully rewarding is to have it done solely for yourself. Beyond this critical point, you also need to know your own anatomy very well. It is very common and completely natural to admire another woman’s shape. Quite logically, many patients use their admired figures as visual models of their desired result. The problem with using images in this way is that the “model” most likely has an entirely different anatomy. What you need to observe is how that figure comes together. Here’s a hint, it all comes down to proportions.


The definition of expectation is “a prospect of future good.” When approaching plastic surgery of any kind, it is imperative to have realistic expectations. It is so easy to get attached to a particular idea and vision of appearance based on a visual model. During our consultation, we strive to accurately illustrate the anticipated outcome by utilizing multiple visual methods when necessary. This includes obtaining accurate measurements and  using breast sizing modalities. As much as surgeons use multiple educational channels to explain what breast augmentation can achieve and what size and profile would be most appropriate, there are some patients for whom this discussion is insufficient to overcome unrealistic expectations. Ultimately, we find that patients who understand what is expected and most in line with their natural anatomy are the happiest with their results.

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

No one bounces right back after having surgery of any kind. The best candidates for breast augmentation surgery know that they will need to allow some time for optimal recovery. While it is not considered a major surgery like cardiac procedures, breast augmentation is still a big deal. Tissues are displaced temporarily to accommodate the placement of breast implants beneath the skin or muscle. As a result, patients will need to limit their activity levels for a week or two and should avoid strenuous activity for about six weeks. A sticking point in surgical recovery is that slow and steady wins the race. Rushing back to normal activities may prolong the healing process and also increase the risk of post-surgical complications.

Our team supports patients every step of their journey to their new and improved appearance. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Schaffer, contact our San Antonio office at 210-227-FACE.

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