Can I get silicone implants at 20 or 21? (Photo)
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1. IDEAL implants - these are newly released "hybrid implants" double lumen saline implants made to feel like silicone
2. I will place silicone implants in patients under 22 yrs old but first have an informed consent and have them sign a waiver that they are aware that they are being used in "off label' FDA use.
FDA age label for silicone breast implants
When the FDA studies were performed, the lower age limit was arbitrarily set at 22 years old.
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Silicone implants under age 22
Any way, the silicone implants are wonderful and now almost 10 years after being released, are almost exclusively the implant of choice with less wrinkling and rippling then saline implants, a more natural feel and very low rupture rates. We have been using them in women under the age of 22 as an "off label" use of the device. Medications and medical devices are used "off label" commonly by physicians, as long as the patient receives informed consent and understands that the FDA considers the use of the device "off label" then this is an acceptable practice.
In your situation, there is a tubular shape to your breasts and a re-shaping procedure will need to be performed at the same time as the implant surgery. Size and style of implant will need to be chosen before the procedure to meet your expectations. This is an outpatient procedure with a rapid recovery. Please see a board certified Plastic Surgeon who performs this type of procedure frequently.
Silicone Breast Implants and age restriction of 22
Thank you for your questions and photos.
The FDA unfortunately made a decision based on patients ages of their study protocol to make (to many plastic surgeons) a arbitrary decision to select age 22 as a criteria to use
silicone breast implants.
Their have been in the past "loop holes" to use silicone breast implants for congenital deformities (you have a mild case of tubular breasts=constricted breasts) and reconstructive breast cases.
I suggest you make out a list of your questions and select several nude "model" photos of what your desired goals/look would be and then schedule several different consultative appointments with experienced Plastic Surgeons who are Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and who are ideally members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (denoting by membership as having met additional criteria and a focus on Cosmetic Plastic Surgery).
My best wishes,
R. A. Hardesty, MD, FACS
Diplomate and Certified by the Am. Bd. of Plastic Surgery
4646 Brockton Ave
Riverside, Ca 92506
Can I get silicone implants at 20 or 21?
Thank you for the question and pictures.
I think your breast photos do demonstrate some of the characteristics seen with tubular (constricted) his breast. For example, the distance from the areola to inframammary folds seems to be tight and relatively short. Your inframammary folds seem to be widely spaced from the midline of your chest.
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. Therefore, I find that I DO use silicone gel breast implants for patients under the age of 22 frequently.
I hope this, and the attached link, helps.
An in-person exam with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the best way to assess your needs and provide true medical advice.
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