Breast Augmentation Plastic Surgery Candidates


Women primarily want to have breast augmentation cosmetic surgery for aesthetic reasons, whether to increase the size of disproportionately small breasts, make the breasts more symmetrical, or simply to create a more voluptuous look. However, in some cases, breast augmentation may be required as part of breast reconstruction to restore the breast appearance after a mastectomy.

Dr. Jacob Bloom is a board certified plastic surgeon providing breast augmentation and several other cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures. Dr. Bloom will objectively determine the suitability of a woman for breast enhancement before recommending her for this procedure. He provides breast augmentation to patients in Chicago, IL and surrounding locations.

Need for Breast Enhancement

The surgeon would first like to understand the patient’s reasons for seeking breast augmentation plastic surgery. The patient should be prepared to explain her innate need or desire to have larger breasts or what exactly about her breast appearance may be bothering her. Some of the reasons why women seek breast augmentation include:

  • To achieve a more appealing and feminine look
  • To restore breast volume following pregnancy or weight loss
  • To make the breasts more symmetrical
  • To increase the size of naturally small breasts
  • To correct birth related deformities in one or both breasts
  • To reconstruct one or both breasts after a mastectomy or a breast tissue injury
  • To enhance self-esteem and personal body image

The candidate should develop realistic expectations from breast augmentation by reviewing as many before and after photographs as possible. Focused and committed cosmetic surgeon Dr. Bloom receives patients from Chicago, IL and nearby areas for breast augmentation.

Health Pre-requisites

The patient’s health status should be generally good before she undergoes breast augmentation surgery. Her health records will be closely reviewed to determine her fitness for this procedure. The surgeon will also review the skin availability and elasticity in the breast area. Specialized mammograms may have to be ordered in some cases. The patient should transparently disclose all health related issues for her own benefit.

Patients with a history of smoking should clearly inform the surgeon about it. The candidate will also be required to submit a list of all prescription and non-prescription medications and supplements that she may be currently using. The surgeon may require her to stop or alter the schedule of certain medications, and quit smoking for a minimum specified time period.

The candidate should ideally have a moderate and stable body weight, and should not be suffering from any untreated infections or bleeding tendency. She should not be currently pregnant or nursing, and should be free from any cancerous or pre-cancerous tissue in the breast area.

Age Requirements

To receive silicone implants, the candidate should be above the age of 21, and in case of saline implants, she should be above the age of 18, as per the FDA requirements. In exceptional circumstances, a woman below the age of 18 may be eligible for breast implants to correct congenital deformities or breast tissue injuries.