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Is Getting Silicon Breast Implants at 18 a Bad Idea? How Long Will They Last?

I've always hated my breast and wanted to get implants, right now I'm 17 and thinking "Should I wait or get them ASAP?" I'm tired of waiting but if it would be better for me to wait, I will. I just need advice right now because I don't know much about my options, and does anyone know about how much it will cost me and payment plans?

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Is Getting Silicon Breast Implants at 18 a Bad Idea?

In my opinion, there is no good reason why there is an FDA  mandated age of 22 for patients to receive silicone breast implants. There are many patients under the age of 22 who would ( based on their body type and the advantages of silicone breast implants) benefit from the use of silicone gel breast implants. Unfortunately, the use of these implants for these younger patients will negate the breast implant manufacturer warranty.

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Silicone Breast Implants in 18 year old

The FDA approval for the use of silicone gel  filled implants is only for women who are 22 years old or older. Saline filled implants do not have any age restriction associated with their use.  In my practice, the minimum age for breast augmentation with saline filled implants is 18 years old assuming that they are a good candidate and emotionally mature. 

Laurence Weider, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implant age

If you want silicone implants you will have to wait until you are 22 as recommended by the FDA.  Sorry.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Silicone implants

When the FDA approved silicone implants, the established age for placement for augmentation was 22 years old.

David A. Lickstein, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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