Breast Enlargement Surgery | Eligibility: Who is a Candidate?

Breast Enlargement Surgery | Eligibility: Who is a Candidate?

Breast enlargement surgery, also known as breast augmentation, remains the most popular surgery in the UK. But not everyone is eligible for breast enlargement surgery. This is because your safety is always the number one priority for your surgeon, who will first check that you fulfil certain criteria before you can be deemed eligible for the breast enlargement procedure.

We're here to help you understand these criteria and prepare you for your own breast enlargement journey.

During your initial call, your personal Patient Care Adviser will discuss the procedure, prices and surgeons in your area. They'll also ask about your expectations and then proceed to take some basic medical information in order to assess if breast enlargement may be an option for you at present. Having these details to hand will be highly beneficial in helping us understand your needs.

Your Medbelle Patient Care Adviser will need to know the following:

  • Age
  • Height
  • Current weight and its stability and any major losses
  • Medical and health issues (physical and mental)
  • Medications being taken (Including supplements and recreational drugs)
  • Smoking habits
  • Current bra size
  • Desired bra size
  • History of breast cancers in the family
  • Pregnancies/Children/Breastfeeding history and desires.
  • Type of work you do
  • Previous surgeries to the area

How does my age affect my breast enlargement surgery eligibility?

Patients are required to be over the age of 18 years old in order to move forward with the breast enlargement procedure. It is highly unlikely a surgeon would move forward with the breast enlargement procedure on a patient under 18 years old, even with parental consent.

How do my height and weight affect my breast enlargement surgery eligibility?

BMI (Body Mass Index) is an important indicator to a surgeon if a patient is a candidate for plastic surgery procedures.

Patients with a BMI over 30 are at an increased risk of complications occurring during and after the surgery and therefore are highly advised to reduce their BMI prior to surgery to reduce risks.

It's best to reach your goal weight prior to surgery as weight fluctuations following the procedure can affect the results of the surgery. So if you are currently gaining or losing weight it's important to discuss your goals and time frame with your Patient Care Adviser.

How does smoking affect my breast enlargement surgery eligibility?

The use of nicotine and tobacco products including vapes can increase the risk of complications occurring during the surgery and have a negative effect on your healing and results.

It is for this reason that surgeons require patients to be completely smoke and nicotine-free prior to surgery and for patients to agree to remain off nicotine products until at least six weeks post-op.

Nicotine in the body reduces oxygen in the blood and constricts circulation both of which are required for wounds to heal quickly. A wound that takes a long time to heal is at a much higher risk of infection and uneven scarring.

If you want to learn more, this Medbelle article details all the reasons you should stop smoking before surgery.

How do children/pregnancy/breastfeeding affect my breast enlargement eligibility?

If you have had children you'll need to ensure you have adequate support at home during your recovery period as you'll find you won't be able to lift the little ones for a couple of weeks prior.

Furthermore, you probably won't feel up to cooking, cleaning or dashing around doing the school run so it's important you have friends and family to rely on. The same applies to your time off work. An office job will typically require 5 days to a week off, whereas a more physical job will require longer off for you to recover.

Any individual who has recently given birth must wait at least 3 to 6 months before having any breast surgery, including breast enlargement. If you're breastfeeding you'll need to wait until you have stopped producing milk for at least three months too.

If you're planning on having children in the future, your surgeon may advise you to wait until after you have completed your family before you move forward with the procedure. This is due to the fact that any fluctuations to the breasts from weight gain or pregnancy may negatively affect your results.


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How does my desired bra size affect my breast enlargement eligibility?

Making sure patients have their expectations managed is a key concern for Patient Care Advisers here at Medbelle. Your surgeon, too, will want to make sure that you fully understand the possible outcomes.

Due to the nature of cup-sizes, your surgeon will not be able to guarantee you will have a certain cup size once you heal. A patient may initially request a certain cup size, the surgeon must then work out how to translate this to an implant that is sized in cubic centimetres or CCs that is a precise measurement of volume.

Your surgeon's main aim will be to find something that suits your frame and gives you the boost you were seeking. Please be honest with the surgeon about what you expect to see in the mirror once you've healed.

How do my medical history and medication use affect my breast enlargement eligibility?

Certain medical conditions require specialised care to further guarantee optimum safety for the patient. It may be the case the surgeon reviews your enquiry prior to consultation in order to ascertain your eligibility. The last thing we'd want to do is have you take time out of your day to see the surgeon if you're unfortunately not a candidate for breast enlargement surgery.

If you are a candidate but do have on-going health issues its quite common for surgeons to request GP signs offs, blood work results or letters from mental health professionals before moving forward with the surgery. All of this is to make sure that breast enlargement surgery is the best option for you presently.

The same can be said for medications. There are certain drugs and medications which your surgeon may advise you to stop taking in order to prepare you for surgery and ensure your safety throughout the procedure and during your recovery period.

All recreational drugs should be stopped before having any form of elective surgery, breast enlargement surgery included. Your Patient Care Adviser will take a list of medications, so do be sure to have the list available, this also includes homoeopathic drugs.

How do my previous surgeries affect my breast enlargement eligibility?

Prior breast surgeries need time to heal before other surgeries can be carried out. If you have had any breast surgery within one or two years you may need to wait longer before you undergo breast enlargement surgery.

If you have had previous surgeries, not to the breast, then the surgeon will need to assess if you're well enough to undergo another procedure so soon and if it makes sense to administer another anaesthetic so close to the one you had previously.

If you're still unsure if you're a candidate for surgery, your Medbelle Patient Care Adviser is always on hand to answer any questions you may have and help you understand your breast enlargement eligibility.