You’re interested in breast augmentation and want to know if you are a good candidate. Simply put, your age and level of health play an important role in determining whether or not you are eligible for augmentation surgery. Ask your surgeon if Mentor breast implants are right for you. Here are some easy guidelines to follow:
You may be a Good Candidate if you are:
- A healthy women over the age 18 (for Saline Implants)
- A healthy women over the age 22 (for Silicone Gel Implants)
You are NOT a Good Candidate at this time if you are:
- A woman who has an active infection anywhere in the body.
- A woman with existing cancer or pre-cancer who has not received adequate treatment for those conditions.
- A woman who is currently pregnant or breast-feeding.
Other physical and emotional factors can also affect your individual breast augmentation procedure, recovery and final result. Carefully consider the following factors so you can discuss them with your surgeon:
- Your overall health.
- Your healing capabilities, which can be affected by smoking, alcohol and medications.
- Prior breast surgeries.
- Bleeding tendencies.
- Predisposition to developing a hardened capsule around the implant
Women having breast augmentation surgery with MENTOR® MemoryGel® Breast Implants must be at least 22 years old. When considering MENTOR® MemoryGel® Implants be sure to read Important Information for Augmentation Patients about MENTOR® MemoryGel® Silicone Gel-Filled Breast Implants.
MENTOR® Saline-Filled Breast Implants for breast augmentation surgery are intended for women who are at least 18 years old. If you are considering augmentation surgery with saline implants, please read: Saline-Filled Implant Surgery: Making An Informed Decision.
Breast implants are not lifetime devices, and breast implantation is likely not a one-time surgery. You may need additional unplanned surgeries on your breasts because of complications or unacceptable cosmetic outcomes. These additional surgeries can include implant removal with or without replacement, or they can include other surgical procedures. When you have your implants replaced, your risk of future complications may increases compared to first time (primary) augmentation surgery.