While many people have breast surgery, or a “boob job,” to get rounder, fuller breasts, others seek out the surgery for noncosmetic reasons. The surgery helps provide symmetry, reconstruction, and greater self-esteem.
At Plastic Surgery Arts Center in Webster, Texas, cosmetic plastic surgeon Jan Garcia Jr., MD, PA, offers breast surgery for cosmetic and medical reasons.
Here are some of the most common noncosmetic reasons a person might seek out breast augmentation.
Patients who have gone through breast cancer may seek out breast augmentation to reconstruct breasts ravaged by the disease. You may have had your breasts removed to eliminate cancerous tissue. Breast reconstruction may include a breast lift or augmentation to restore your original appearance.
When a woman who has had cancer or who chooses mastectomy because of an increased cancer risk due to mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, subsequent breast augmentation is not considered cosmetic.
Women may also need breast reconstruction to restore breast size and shape following trauma, infection, or congenital disease.
If you have one breast that’s notably larger than the other, breast augmentation can help you get symmetry between the two sides.
Asymmetrical breasts may develop due to uneven estrogen levels or irregular growth spurts during puberty. This asymmetry can seriously interfere with your-self esteem, comfort, and fit in certain clothing, like bras, swimsuits, and some shirts.
When your breasts don’t fully develop after puberty, you have micromastia. The condition may happen due to genetics, but also to trauma, surgery, or radiation exposure in childhood.
Diagnosis of micromastia is made based on average breast sizes in women. If your breasts are significantly below average, you may choose breast augmentation to create a more normal feminine appearance.
Micromastia can take a serious toll on your confidence and self-esteem. Augmentation can help you get a fuller chest that helps you feel more confident in your womanhood.
Shape or size of the areola
Your areola is the area of pigmented skin around your nipple. Some women have very large areolas that are out of proportion with the rest of their breast tissue. The areola on each breast may be different in positioning or size, too, giving the appearance of asymmetry.
During breast augmentation, we can change the appearance or proportions of your areolas so your breasts look more uniform and natural.
Some women get breast augmentation to improve their confidence in the bedroom. While this may sound cosmetic in nature, a lack of confidence can seriously interfere with the quality of your sex life, which has a major impact on your physical and mental health.
A healthy sex life has physical benefits, like lowering blood pressure and reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke. It also improves your immune system and leads to better sleep.
Mentally, women with a regular, healthy sex life, are less vulnerable to depression and anxiety.
If the appearance of your breasts is interfering with your confidence in the bedroom, consider breast augmentation. But, make sure you’re choosing the surgery for YOU, not for your partner’s fantasy.
If you’re ready to explore breast augmentation, contact Plastic Surgery Arts Center. Call today or use the “book online” button on this website to request an appointment.