College Student Too Young for Breast Implants?

I'm 19 years old in college and have been unhappy with my flat chest for years. My breasts are the same size since I was 14. I've been researching breast implants since I was 17and I made up my mind, I can't wait any longer. I'm planning a trip that's 4 hours away. Will they say I'm too young?

Doctor Answers 13

I think you sound like a great candidate

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You sound like a very good candidate for breast augmentation surgery-- you're over 18, you have thought it over for some time, and there is a clear cosmetic benefit that will result from your procedure. My advice is to find someone that will give you the results that you desire, and for young women like yourself, I will often recommend a more modest-sized implant that will look very natural over time. I think if you go too big too early in your life your skin will pay a price and stretch a bit too much, and over time cause an unnatural look to the breasts.

Take your time, look at lots of before and after photos from your surgeon, and go with the individual that you feel the most comfortable with.

Good luck!

Dr. Salemy

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 155 reviews

Minimum Age For Implants

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Thanks for the question -

There are three ages to look at.

Physical Age: The minimum physical age most doctors use is 18.

Physiologic Age: This can be more complicated and is dictated by issues you present like the fact that your breast growth seems to have stabilized.

Emotional Age: Surgery and breast implants require a degree of maturity to correctly understand the risks, benefits and alternatives as well as to comply with post-operative requirements to maximize results.

From your brief post, it does sounds like you meet all three. Be sure to find a board certified plastic surgeon.

I hope this helps.

19 is a common age

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Chances are your development is complete at age 19.

Chances are also good that you are intelligent and can make your own decisions with respect to implant size, shape, texture, configuration, and most important your choice of surgeon.

There are long-term maintenance costs for breast implants, but the great majority of women who get them, particularly those with your problem, are very happy with their decision.

Brent Moelleken, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 195 reviews

At 19, you aren't necessarily too young

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If you are a mature 19 and if you do your research and understand all the pros and cons of doing a breast augmentation at your age, it is not too early.  I have done this often for the right patients and they have all done extremely well. 

College Student Too Young for Breast Implants?

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Your concerns are understandable but assuming you  demonstrate physical and emotional maturity, you are not too young to undergo breast augmentation surgery. In my practice, I individualize recommendations after in office evaluation of patients' history and physical, maturity levels, motivation, and evaluation of the young ladies' understanding of potential risk/complications associated with breast surgery. Generally speaking, again, best to achieve a level of physical, emotional, psychosocial, and financial “stable state” prior to considering elective plastic surgery. Best wishes.

College student too young for breast implants?

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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 28 reviews

With breast implants, it's the individual more than their age

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A mature, well informed person with reasonable expectations is the ideal patient...age does not matter as much.

I have seen college students whose sense of confidence and well-being has improved dramatically after this surgery. Hope it goes well.

Bruce K. Barach, MD
Schenectady Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Probably not too young for breast implants

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If you are a mature 19, you should do well with an augmentation. Most surgeons start performing these in 18 - 19 year old women. If you are traveling 4 hours for your consultation, why don't you call the surgeon and ask him first!

Michael S. Beckenstein, MD
Birmingham Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

You will do great with implants.

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Hi! My 3 requirements are:

1) Your breasts have not changed in years, so they are not going to grow on their own.

2) You have thought about it for a couple of years. So this is not an impulse.

3) You are flat. My advice would be very different if you had a C cup and wanted to be a D cup.

Also, you sound mature, and you are doing research, which is good.

You will need to get saline implants, though. According to the FDA, you cannot have silicone implants until you are 22. But that's fine. Thousands of women are very happy with saline implants.

Best of luck!

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon

You are not too young for breast implants

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My only advice to you is this. The recommended lowest limit for cosmetic implants is 18. If you earn the money yourself than you are mature/old/responsible enough for the procedure.

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