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Why? Because! The 10 most common reasons for breast augmentation

Kelly Vasileiadou
11. April 2022
Let’s leave aside the psychological and social debates. For once, let’s focus purely on the most common reasons why women want breast augmentation. The fact is that the reasons are very similar in almost all countries, social classes and age groups. So what are the not-so-secret motivations of the approximately 1.6 million women who have decided to have breast augmentation in 2020?

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Breast augmentations offer numerous advantages, but we should be sure that you want them for the right reasons. No matter what your motives are for considering a procedure; it must be and remain your very own desire.

Either way – your reasons for choosing breast implants are as individual as you, your preferences, circumstances and breasts. That’s how it was for me, too.

A rounder, fuller appearance of the breasts

Even if your breasts have developed normally, you may want a fuller, rounder appearance without changing your natural proportions. The most important thing here is the choice of implants. After all, breast implants that are too large for your figure will quickly look unbalanced and unnatural. On the other hand, if you work with your plastic surgeon to find the perfect size for your body shape and type, you can achieve the fuller cleavage you desire without looking “fake.”

Asymmetry in the shape of the breast

Most breasts develop somewhat asymmetrically. In fact, it is almost impossible for two breasts to be exactly the same size and shape. While in some women this difference is minor and therefore not noticeable, in others it can be much more significant and therefore a reason for breast correction. Mild to moderate breast asymmetry can make it difficult to buy bras, swimsuits and shirts that fit properly.

Correction of micromastia (small breasts)

For some women, their breasts have never fully developed, resulting in disproportionately small breasts in relation to the rest of the body. This is a medical condition called micromastia or hypomastia, in which a woman’s breasts do not develop as they should during puberty.

Since most women’s breasts develop somewhat asymmetrically, this condition can affect both breasts about equally. Or one breast may grow significantly less than the other.

In many cases, micromastia is genetic. In any case, breast augmentation can be an excellent solution to help you achieve not only more volume, but also a more harmonious silhouette and more natural-looking body proportions.

Great weight loss

After significant weight loss, many women find that their breasts are no longer as full and firm as before. Here, a combination of breast lift and breast augmentation in particular can help to remove and tighten excess or sagging tissue while improving the size and proportions of your breasts.

One of the many advantages of a breast lift with implants is that it is actually two procedures in one, which means you can shorten the downtime and see the full result after just one procedure.


Pregnancy can bring so many wonderful new experiences, but it can also bring a lot of changes to your body. One of these changes, often associated with pregnancy and breastfeeding, is sagging or droopy breasts that appear smaller after breastfeeding.

For this reason, many mothers opt for a breast lift or a combination of breast lift and breast augmentation to regain their pre-pregnancy body and feel like themselves again.

Reconstruction after mastectomy (breast removal)

Women who have had a mastectomy to treat breast cancer or for other medical reasons often seek breast augmentation or reconstruction procedures to restore the normal look and feel of their bodies. This can have a great impact on their self-esteem, body image and even quality of life.

Improvement of self-confidence

If you are unhappy with the size, shape, or natural proportions of your breasts, you may feel insecure and even affect your overall life satisfaction. Breast augmentation and other similar cosmetic procedures are associated with a significant improvement in self-esteem, which is one of the most common reasons women choose breast implants.

This is not to say that every woman who chooses breast augmentation has low self-esteem, but that even confident women can experience an improvement in their self-image after breast augmentation

I also think it is very important to know that while breast augmentation can help you gain new self-confidence and a more positive body image, it cannot solve the underlying psychological problems. For this reason, I can only ever stress the importance of having an open and honest conversation with your surgeon.

During a detailed consultation, you can find out more about your motivation for breast augmentation. Finding trust with your surgeon is the most important thing to decide if this procedure is right for you at your current stage of life.

A younger appearance

As part of the natural aging process, the amount of collagen and elastin in our skin decreases, which combined with the effects of gravity can lead to sagging breasts. For this reason, many women opt for a breast lift or a combination of breast lift and implants to look and feel younger and fresher.

A common misconception about breast augmentation is that women over a certain age are no longer suitable for this procedure. However, this is not the case. Even more than age, your general health and fitness is one of the most important factors in deciding whether or not a breast lift or augmentation is for you.

Women of virtually any age can enjoy the benefits of a breast lift or augmentation.

For example, the number of people over the age of 50 who have had breast augmentation surgery has increased disproportionately in recent years. The changed life circumstances of the older generation, the general open-mindedness of this age group and the improved techniques for a faster recovery, have ensured that a “boob job” is now one of the most performed operations.

Improvement of the sexual life

Whether or not a woman is satisfied with her sex life depends on many different factors, including her self-confidence and body image. If the size or shape of your breasts is preventing you from fully loving your body and getting the most out of your intimate relationships, this could be a good reason to consider breast augmentation.

In fact, research has shown that breast implants can have a significant positive impact on a woman’s sexual desire and satisfaction. One study found an 81 percent improvement in sexual arousal and a 57 percent increase in satisfaction in women who underwent breast augmentation. In addition, sexual satisfaction can help women sleep better, boost their immune system, relieve pain and even look younger.

When you feel confident in your appearance, you can improve in almost all areas of your life, including your intimate relationships.

However, there is a fine line between breast augmentation to increase your own sexual pleasure and satisfaction and breast augmentation for your partner or spouse. Ultimately, the decision is yours and you should not be pressured one way or the other.

I do this for me

Whatever your reasons for having breast augmentation, none of them should be influenced by anyone other than yourself. While you can and should ask your partner, spouse, friends or family for support, you should not rely on their opinion when deciding whether or not to have breast augmentation.

If you get breast implants for the wrong reasons, you will most likely be dissatisfied with the result, no matter how natural it looks and feels. On the other hand, if you take the time to think carefully about your reasons for wanting breast implants and make your own decision, you can improve your self-esteem, body image and quality of life.

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About Dr. Kelly

Dr. Kelly Vasileiadou

Specialist FMH for Surgery
Beauty is not perfection. Refining your face or body image to enhance or restore your natural beauty – that is my mission. Your trust commits me to providing you with excellent medicine and exceptional care. My team and I work tirelessly to satisfy you. That’s what I stand for with my name.

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