Is breast implant surgery right for you?

The psychology behind the decision to have breast implants is one of the most important aspects of the procedure.

A good candidate for breast augmentation is mentally and physically stable and understands the reality of what this surgery can achieve. Often women seek cosmetic surgery as a means of fulfilling emotional needs or resolving problematic body image issues.

Any cosmetic procedure affects the patient on a psychological level just as much as on a physical one and it is important to remember that if a woman with low self-esteem elects to undergo surgery in the hope she will feel better about herself, she is likely to feel disappointed with her surgery.

While breast augmentation can help boost a woman’s confidence, she will not benefit from surgery if she thinks it is the cure-all for every aspect of her life. Many women view their breasts as a vital component of their gender identity, as the female breast is one of the prime symbols of femininity, motherhood and sensuality. However, women are notoriously critical of their bodies and some may be especially so of their breasts.

When contemplating breast augmentation, ensure it’s for the right reasons.

Questions to ask yourself before surgery:

By answering these questions honestly and reviewing them with your doctor, you will become much clearer about whether breast surgery is a good choice for you psychologically and emotionally.

  1. Why do you want to have breast augmentation surgery?
  2. How do you feel about your body image right now?
  3. Is anyone prompting you to have the surgery?
  4. Do you suffer from an emotional or psychological disorder?
  5. Did you recently experience a stressful even or crisis, like a divorce or the loss of a
    loved one?
  6. Are you a perfectionist, and do you find minor flaws with many parts of your body and with your life?
  7. Would you be prepared to handle a complication if something goes wrong after surgery?