I'm Almost 19 Years Old. Is It Okay for Me to Get Breast Implants?

I want to have the procedure done but, I've been told that a females breast do not stop changing until theyre 20 years old and having the procedure done before they 20 it makes one lower or not look like they should.

Doctor Answers (13)

Breast Growth

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Dear 40965,
In general, breasts will stop 'growing' when all other hormone related phenomenon from puberty stop changing. Some women have early puberty and early finishing of these changes, and some women have later and a more prolonged course. However, any changes to hormone levels, such as in pregnancy, nursing, etc. can change breasts, OCP may change growth, certain tumors may affect growth, weight gain will affect size, etc. The breast is composed of the breast gland that grows related to hormone levels of estrogen and prolactin as well as other hormones, but some women's breast tissue have more 'hormone receptors' than other women's and thus are more sensitive to hormone levels. That is why the hormone creams etc do not work on someone who naturally have smaller breasts because they are less sensative to hormones. In addition, the breast is also composed of fat tissue which grows and shrinks with weight gain and loss. So there is no simple answer here. It sounds like you had an early and short puberty and thus it seems unlikely that your breasts will grow. Only time will tell. I would suggest waiting until you are a little older before making any decision about breast augmentation.
Best Wishes!
Pablo Prichard, MD


Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Fluctuations in breast size and determining the timing of breast implant augmentation surgery

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The major influences on breast size are puberty, pregnancy, and menopause as well as hormonal and weight changes. If these are all stable, your breasts should be at a point where implants could be considered and will provide a stable result.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implants for a 19 yo

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This is a great question.  At 19 years old it is OK to have breast augmentation with a saline implant.  The FDA recommends that patients be at least 22 years old for silicone.  I hope this helps in your important decision.

Kindest regards,

Neil J. Zemmel

Neil J. Zemmel, MD, FACS
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Most women have completed breast growth by 19 and an easy way to find out if you are different is to ask your mother if she grew more than half a cup size after the age of 19. A competent doctor will usually be able to tell by looking at your breasts whether they are still in a growth stage. I have placed many implants in 19 year olds with great results.

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