I'm currently 19, Is it safe to get saline implants? Or should I wait?
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Breast Augmentation With Silicone Implants in Women Less Than 22 Years Old
Timing of breast augmentation surgery ultimately a very personal decision…
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.
Much of the final look and feel achieved after breast augmentation surgery depends on several factors:
1. The initial shape, size (volume of breast tissue), symmetry of the patient's breasts. In general, the better the preoperative breast appearance the more likely the breast augmentation “look” will be optimal.
2. The experience/skill level of the surgeon is important in determining the final outcome. For example, the accurate and gentle dissection of the breast implant pockets are critical in producing long-term well-placed breast implants. I personally think that these 2 factors are more important than any others, including type (saline or silicone) or model (low/moderate/high profile) of implant.
3. The type of implant used may determine the final outcome, especially if the patient does not have significant covering breast or adipose tissue. For example, some surgeons feel that silicone implants have a more natural look and feel than saline implants because silicone gel has a texture that is similar to breast tissue. In other words, if a patient has very low body fat and/or very little breast tissue, the silicone gel implants may provide a more "natural" result.
4. The size and model of breast implant used may make a significant difference in the final outcome. Therefore, it is very important to communicate your size goals with your surgeon. In my practice, the use of photographs of “goal” pictures (and breasts that are too big or too small) is very helpful. I have found that the use of words such as “natural” or “C or D cup” etc can be potentially confusing as they may mean different things to different people.
Also, as you know, cup size varies depending on who makes the bra; therefore, discussing desired cup size may also be inaccurate.
Ultimately, whether you choose to proceed with breast augmentation surgery will be a very personal decision that should be made only after careful consideration of pros/cons/risks/complications associated with the procedure. I hope this, and the attached link (dedicated to breast augmentation concerns), helps. Best wishes.
I'm currently 19, Is it safe to get saline implants?
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FDA has approved Silicone implants for augmentation on patients over 22 years of age. Saline is approved over the age of 18. Be sure to make an appointment with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. He/She would be able to discuss options with you and allow you explore both types of implants and decide whats best for you. Best of luck!
Saline Breast implants are approved for use in anyone 18 years of age or older, so safety is not a concern. The decision to undergo a breast augmentation is a personal decision that only you can make. You should start with a consultation to completely understand the procedure including it's risks.