What Makes You Disqualified For Breast Augmentation?

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A lot of people consider having a little work done to their bodies and are feeling more positive about cosmetic surgery. Even though plastic surgery is very safe when performed by highly trained surgeons, it still is not for everyone.

Breast augmentation, popular at my Long Island practice, is fairly straightforward but it’s not necessarily appropriate for everyone. Here are some of the reasons that can prevent you from getting breast implants:

Having an Active Infection

An active infection, no matter how small or localized, can make the immune system lose its ability to protect the body. When the body is compromised, it will be easier for microbes to attack open wounds. Infection is one of the worst conditions that can happen after any surgery. It is best to treat an existing infection before undergoing breast augmentation. This will ensure that the body is ready and can fight off infection post-surgery.

Breastfeeding Moms

While breastfeeding is possible after getting breast implants, the procedure itself will affect a woman’s capability to produce enough milk for the baby. There are factors that could lessen milk supply such as the location of the incision, where the implants are placed, sensitivity, milk duct scarring, and number of functional glandular tissues before and after surgery.

Yes, a breastfeeding mom can have breast augmentation but must consider the risks involved since it may disrupt or compromise the milk supply.


It is common for cosmetic surgeons to advise their patients about quitting smoking first before having surgery. This is because nicotine has plenty of negative effects on the body that could prevent total healing and may even cause life-threatening complications.

For starters, doctors noticed that patients who smoke need more anesthesia to be desensitized. But what makes the habit harmful is that nicotine shrinks blood vessels thereby reducing the much needed blood flow to affected tissues. It also makes the blood clot faster, increasing the risk of clogging capillaries and blood vessels. Not only will it result to poor healing, it may even increase the risk of developing serious ailments such as cardiac arrest and stroke after the operation.

Age Restrictions

Generally speaking, being too young or too old is a contraindication for any kind of plastic surgery, especially having breast implants. For the teens, altering their bodies is not advised because they’re still developing. Older patients, on the other hand, will involve a lot of health risks, including death, since the surgery may cause a lot of stress to the body.

For both age groups, it is not only the physical challenges that have to be addressed but also the psychological consequences that may occur after the procedure.

It is important that your concerns and expectations are addressed prior to surgery. The best way to determine if you are a fit candidate for breast augmentation or other body enhancement procedures is to consult with a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Scott Newman, who can discuss about the procedure and examine you thoroughly.

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