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What Would Disqualify Me From Getting Breast Augmentation?

By: Dr. Christopher Khorsandi


Breast augmentation is easily at the top of the list of the most sought-after cosmetic surgery procedures nationwide. Whether a woman is looking to restore lost breast volume after pregnancy or weight loss or simply enhance her contour, a breast augmentation can be a life-changing procedure. When considering a breast augmentation, women often get excited about the possibility of wearing a new style of clothing and feeling more confident in their own skin. Before getting too far ahead of yourself, though, it is important to understand who is an eligible candidate for breast augmentation as well as what may disqualify you from having the procedure.

While the majority of women can be considered good candidates for breast augmentation, there are a few reasons why a patient may be denied for surgery. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi, Chief of Plastic Surgery at VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV, makes every effort to perform a patient’s desired procedure if it can be safely done. Having performed countless breast augmentations, Dr. Khorsandi is highly experienced and familiar with the complexities and nuances of the procedure, including what makes a woman an ideal candidate for the surgery. Though it is rare, there are cases when a patient may be disqualified from having a breast augmentation. Some factors that may result in being denied for surgery include:

  • Age: Breast augmentation can be performed on women of almost any age within reason; however, there are some restrictions. For instance, silicone gel implants are only FDA approved for use in women over the age of 22. Younger patients may still qualify for breast augmentation, but the procedure would need to be performed with either saline implants or a fat transfer to the breast. For even younger women, including adolescent teens, the surgeon may feel that it is best to wait until the patient has fully developed before performing a breast augmentation.
  • Infection: If a patient has an active infection at or near the time of surgery, she may need to cancel or reschedule her procedure. Any infection can compromise the body’s ability to heal and fight future infections. Following a breast augmentation, a patient needs to be as healthy as possible in order to heal fully and completely.
  • Pregnancy: On the day of your surgery, a pregnancy test will be administered to make sure that you are not pregnant. Elective procedures using general anesthesia are generally not performed on pregnant women, regardless of how early in the pregnancy she may be. Furthermore, it is recommended that women be certain that they are done having children altogether before undergoing a breast augmentation, as the weight fluctuations and other physical changes associated with pregnancy can impact the results of the surgery.
  • Smoking: The most common reason why a woman is disqualified from having a breast augmentation is that she is a smoker. Smoking brings along with it a host of health concerns, and it is particularly dangerous in the context of having surgery. Smoking constricts the blood vessels and decreased oxygen supply, both of which can be detrimental to the surgery and healing process. If you do smoke, you will be required to stop for several weeks before your procedure so that it can safely be performed. A nicotine test will be administered on the day of your surgery.

It is important to discuss realistic and unrealistic expectations. The caring team at VIP Plastic Surgery understands that the decision to have a breast augmentation is a personal one, and Dr. Khorsandi respects each patient’s individual wishes and aesthetic goals. However, it is crucial that a patient has realistic expectations for her breast augmentation results and understands that some things – including “perfection” – may not be achievable. The outcome of a breast augmentation can certainly be dramatic and stunning, but there are limits to what even the most skilled surgeon can accomplish when a patient’s existing anatomy is taken into consideration. During your consultation, Dr. Khorsandi will discuss your goals, explain your options in detail, and work together with you to come up with a realistic surgical plan that helps you most closely achieve your ideal look.

How do I find the best breast augmentation surgeon in Las Vegas?

If you are considering breast augmentation, the first step is to be evaluated by a qualified, certified, and experienced plastic surgeon. Make sure to read reviews, do your research, and browse a surgeon’s before and after galleries to see examples of his work. Dr. Khorsandi is undoubtedly one of the top breast augmentation surgeons in Las Vegas, having performed countless procedures with beautiful outcomes.

Call VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV to schedule your consultation with Dr. Christopher Khorsandi today, and find out if you may be a candidate for a life-changing breast augmentation.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.