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4 Reasons Women May Have A Breast Augumentation Procedure

When most people think of breast augmentation, they think of a surgical cosmetic procedure to enhance the size of a woman's breasts. While this is certainly one of the reasons this procedure is performed, it's not the only one. Here is a look at four other reasons a breast augmentation surgery is done.

She Has Micromastia

Micromastia isn't just a small-breasted woman who wants to have larger breasts. Instead, micromastia is a medical condition where the breasts never developed during pubescence to begin with. This is usually due to being underweight and/or hormonal issues. Once a woman leaves her teenage years, if she still hasn't developed breasts, she may opt to get a breast augmentation. This will provide her a body more in proportion with the typical female body as well as potentially enhance her self-esteem.

She Has Disproportionate Breasts

Growth spurts and hormones during puberty don't always occur evenly. This can lead to one breast being considerably smaller than the other breast. With a breast augmentation procedure, the cosmetic surgeon can enlarge the smaller breast to match the size of the larger breast, solving the lopsided problem.

She Has Had A Mastectomy

Unfortunately, some women develop breast cancer and one or both of their breasts must be removed to prevent the cancer from spreading even further. Other times, a woman opts to have a double mastectomy, where both breasts are removed, due to genetic testing. This is testing that looks for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations.

In people who have either of these mutations, their risk for developing breast cancer in considerably higher than the general population. A double mastectomy can dramatically reduce this risk, and since women tend to have elective removal, they often also opt to have an elective augmentation as well.

She Recently Lost A Lot Of Weight

Obviously, being at a healthy weight is a great thing. Unfortunately, that very same weight loss, especially if it was lost quickly, can lead to excess skin and sagging breasts. For some women, a mastopexy, or a breast lift, will be enough to raise and reshape the breasts. But some women will also require a breast augmentation to replace the volume of fat that was lost. Otherwise, the rest of their body frame may be out of proportion with her now smaller breasts. Women who have had many pregnancies or breastfed their children for an extended period may also have similar procedures.