Is 18 Too Young for a Breast Augmentation Consultation?

I have wanted implants ever since my breasts stopped growing in my early teens. I have looked at many before and after photos and I believe I may have hypomastia. I have recently turned 18 and believe I am ready for this surgery. My parent is supportive of whatever decision I make but as I will be the one paying for this surgery it is ultimately my choice. I have the money and ability to do this now. My question is are doctors hesitant to discuss/perform breast augmentation on someone my age?

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Breast implants at age 18

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At 18 you are old enough to make important decisions such as having breast implants. Having your parent's consent is very important. You should use the Internet to fully familiarize yourself with the various aspects of implants, such as risks, (encapsulation, infection, distortion), incision sites, placement of the implants in front of or behind the muscle.

Until you are 22 you will have access only to saline implants, but this is not a deterrent in my opinion, unless you have virtually no breast tissue. If this is the case, the saline implants may cause visible wrinkles, which is unattractive. In such a case, the implants will have to be placed under the pectorals muscle, but wrinkles still may be visible. Many surgeons prefer the sub-pectoral position for the implant anyway. These are all things you must consider when making this very important decision.

One bit of additional advice -- be conservative with the size. This will reduce the deformity if there is a complication, and you will be much more comfortable. The prettiest breast are rarely the largest. And finally, find s plastic surgeon who listens to what you want. Best of luck.


Savannah Plastic Surgeon
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Is 18 too young for a breast augmentation consultation?

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Hello! Thank you for your question. Breast augmentation is a procedure often sought by women to increase size, add upper pole fullness and projection along with improve shape and symmetry of her breasts. Women who have the breast augmentation done report increased self-confidence, self-esteem, and more comfortable with her body. In fact, it has been the most popular procedure in plastic surgery in the US for the past few years. Many surgeons use 18 years of age as the standard for when to offer the breast augmentation procedure to women. Maturity and the ability to make an educated decision for yourself of whether this procedure is the right one for you as well as factors regarding implant choice, size, incision placement, position of the implant, other adjunct procedures, etc are major factors. Having the maturity to understand all of the risks and benefits of the surgical procedure is also mandatory - thus, most are readily able to comprehend this at that age. 23 years of age is the FDA guideline for utilization of silicone implants.

Good communication between you and your surgeon of your expectations is warranted - choosing your surgeon wisely is the first step. Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon well-versed in this procedure. Research your surgeon's education, training, as well as ability to perform this procedure. See postoperative photographs and most importantly choose the one who you feel most comfortable with and competent to meet your expectations. Discussion of your wishes and having an honest and open dialog of your procedure is mandatory (e.g, implant type, incision, placement, lift, etc). I have found that photographs brought by the patient is helpful to get a visualization of the appearance you wish for in terms of size, shape, fullness, etc. In addition, your surgeon's pre and postoperative photographs should demonstrate a realistic goal for you. Once this has been accomplished, allow your surgeon to utilize his/her best medical judgment during the procedure to finesse the best possible result for you after preoperative biodimensional planning and fitting the right implant for your breast width.

Hope that this helps! Best wishes for a wonderful result!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Breast augmentation at 18.

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At 18, you are certainly old enough to discuss breast augmentation with a plastic surgeon. Having a thorough understanding of your options, the surgery, and the expectations from surgery will help you to make a decision as to whether or not this is the right operation for you. I recommend seeing at least two Board Certified Plastic Surgeons prior to making this decision. It is important to know that at 18 you are limited in which implants you can have. The FDA advises that silicone gel implants only be used in patients 22 years or older. This may be an important factor in your decision.

David Bogue, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

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A 18 year-old is not too young for breast augmentation.

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Yes, you can get breast augmentation at 18 y/o.  As long as you are well informed about procedure, alternatives, possible risks/benefits/complication, you can undergo breast augmentation.  Breast augmentation is a very safe surgery when done for right candidate.  I would encourage you to go for consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon. 

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Breast Augmentation at 18

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Hi Relle, that is a great question. Being 18 is not too young to have a breast augmentation consultation. The key is to make an informed choice about your body.  For many women in your same position, breast augmentation can help to achieve the size and look you are hoping for. A consultation is a great learning experience for you to see if you are an appropriate candidate for breast augmentation. I would highly recommend that you have at least 2 consultations with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon which will give you the opportunity to be well informed in making this decision. Make sure to ask many questions so you feel comfortable with the doctor you ultimately choose. Best of luck!

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Too young for breast consultation?

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At 18 you are certainly not too young to talk with a board certified plastic surgeon. Whether surgery is right for you now or not is another question. You and your surgeon are the ones who will make the final decision and it would be good to include your parent in the decision making process as well. You should feel comfortable with the surgeon you choose (it may take consultations with several to find the right one for you) and be able to discuss your concerns easily with him or her. Good luck to you.

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Breast Implants for 18 year old woman

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  Breast augmentation can be safely performed in an 18 year old woman, PROVIDED that certain criteria are met.  In my practice in theses type of cases we obtained a detailed developmental history, then we assess the patient for emotional maturity as well as for family/social support. The surgical part of this equation is identical to any other patient requesting breast implants, other than only saline implants can be used for some one younger that 22.  Careful assessment of your anatomy and your expectations will dictate the appropriate size and style of implants, as well as specific surgical approach.

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Breast Augmentation at 18

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Thank you for your question.  No, 18 is not too young for a consultation.  You can take the attitude that the consultation is an information gathering appointment for you to have all of your questions answered and have an opportunity to learn about the risks, benefits, and possible long term effects of breast implant surgery.

Be thorough and ask a lot of questions.  I also recommend you have at least 2 or 3 consultations with board-certified plastic surgeons as this will give you the opportunity to be well-informed.

Note: The FDA has not cleared silicone gel breast implants for use in women under the age of 22.

If after a thorough look at the medical risks, you want to undergo breast augmentation, it is well within your right to do so.  Depending on the supportive relationship you have with your parent(s), you may want to include them in the process and/or the consultations.

Best of luck.

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Can I Get A Breast Augmentation At 18 Years Old?

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Dear Relle,

  If your breasts have matured and you are not expecting any further development, you can seek consultation for breast enlargement. Make sure your doctor is board certified and has experience in performing this procedure. While it is not necessary, having a parent (most likely your mom) present for the consult is generally a good idea. Your mom may have questions and insights that may help you in your decision making process. Good luck.

Douglas L. Gervais, MD
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Breast Augmentation at Age 18 is Fine

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Hi there-

There should not be any reason that a seemingly well-adjusted 18 year old like yourself could not safely and comfortable pursue a breast augmentation.

Make sure you only put yourself in the hands of a surgeon Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. 

Good luck!

Armando Soto, MD, FACS
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