Who Can Benefit from Breast Augmentation?

Who Can Benefit from Breast Augmentation?

Roughly 200,000-300,000 women have breast augmentation every year in the United States, according to the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons. In fact, breast augmentation is routinely among the top five most popular cosmetic surgery procedures for American women.

As a leading cosmetic surgeon in McLean and Dulles, Virginia, Soheila Rostami, MD, uses a customized approach to breast augmentation in patients at Sanctuary Cosmetic Center, helping women achieve their personal goals to look and feel their absolute best. If you’re considering breast augmentation surgery, here’s how to tell if you’re a good candidate.

Ideal breast augmentation candidates

If you’re considering breast augmentation surgery, the first question you should ask yourself is this: Am I having the surgery because I want it, or am I having it to satisfy someone else’s expectations? 

Breast augmentation is a major surgical procedure. Like other cosmetic surgeries, breast augmentation is highly satisfying for women who have the surgery to achieve their own goals. If you’re having surgery for someone else, you’re much more likely to wind up unhappy once the surgery is complete.

That said, overall, breast augmentation surgery can be a good choice for women who:

  • Have fully developed breasts
  • Have good overall health
  • Want to correct breast asymmetry
  • Want larger or fuller breasts
  • Are unhappy with the shape or profile of their breasts
  • Want to restore breasts after pregnancy or weight changes
  • Have lost breast fullness due to aging
  • Want to “balance out” their natural proportions
  • Feel self-conscious about the way their breasts look

The reasons for breast augmentation are highly personal. Discussing your goals with Dr. Rostami is important for making sure your surgery helps you achieve those goals and the highest level of satisfaction.

Surgery and recovery: What to expect

Dr. Rostami uses both silicone implants and saline implants, along with fat grafting procedures that take fat from another part of your body and transfer it to your breasts. The augmentation procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia, so you’ll sleep during the entire process.

For implant procedure, Dr. Rostami makes an incision in the fold under your breast or around your areola. The location of the incision depends on the type of implant being used, your anatomy, and other factors. Next, she creates a pocket in your breast tissue and inserts the implant so it’s smooth and secure.

In fat grafting, the procedure starts with liposuction to harvest fat from your thighs, buttocks, or another area of your body. After processing the fat, it’s transferred to your breasts, enhancing fullness.


After surgery, you’ll be in a recovery area for a little while before being discharged. You’ll need to have someone drive you home and stay with you during your initial recovery as the anesthesia wears off. 

Dr. Rostami provides detailed recovery instructions, including activity restrictions and directions on how to care for your incision area. It’s very important to follow those instructions and to attend your follow-up visits, so she can make sure your incisions are healing properly.

Learn more about breast augmentation

Breast augmentation is popular for a reason: Patients love the results! If you’re thinking about breast augmentation, book an appointment online or over the phone with Sanctuary Cosmetic Center and learn how Dr. Rostami can help.


We look forward to seeing how we can help you achieve a new level of confidence. Contact our team to set up a private consultation and explore everything we have to offer at Washington, D.C.’s premier cosmetic provider.

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