Recommended Age for Breast Augmentation?

I just turned 18 and would love to get Breast implants before college because I am a nearly an A at this point and the rest of my body is not small so I am disproportional.

I am about 5'6 and 128 lbs. I am very active and work hard on my figure but feel I will never be fully satisfied unless I get a breast augmentation. My family members and friends are unsure of the surgery; however, I know that this is absolutely the right decision for me.

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Maturity is more of a factor than just age

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It sounds like you'd really like to get breast implants, but before you go ahead with it you should consider not just the benefits of the surgery, but also the risks. Breast augmentation is for patients who can make an informed decision, and are mature enough to understand what's involved. Talk to a board certified plastic surgeon face to face to find out more about the surgery and if it's right for you.

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Make an informed decision on breast augmentation

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As discussed in other answers, for cosmetic breast augmentation (not breast reconstruction such as asymmetric breasts) you must be 18 yrs old for saline implants. The FDA has approved the use of silicone implants, but you must be 22 yrs old. So now as an adult, you have an important decision and should evaluate all the options. If you do not have a lot of breast tissue, silicone implants generally give a softer more natural look.

Silcone implants have undergone intense study and have been proven to be safe. You need to discuss all of the risks and benefits of each of these devices with your surgeon. But you need to decide if it is worth it to you to wait 4 years before undergoing the procedure? Also understand that breast implants are not a lifelong device. As you get older, your breasts continue to undergo the aging process. So it is very likely that you will need an exchange of the implants, with or without a breast lift.

There is no correct answer. The most important thing is that you get all the information and feel good about your decision. Maybe you can even educate your family and friends and they will feel better as well. Good luck.

Saline Implants are Possible, But May Want to Wait

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Thank you for your question. As an 18 y.o., you are eligible to undergo saline implant breast augmentation. To undergo a breast augmentation with silicone breast implants, you must 22+. I generally recommend silicone breast implants to my patients, because they feel softer and look more natural. In addition, saline implants are at a higher risk of rippling or wrinkles.

However, breast development can continue well into a woman's early 20's, so you may want to wait to be certain that your breast development has concluded.

Good luck, and for more information about other choices to be made before undergoing breast augmentation, take a look at the Guide to Breast Augmentation on my website from the web reference below. I discuss common patient questions I receive, silicone versus saline implants, round versus anatomically shaped implants, smooth versus texturized implants, implant manufacturer, implant insertion incision location, implant location inside the breast, and more. 

Age for Breast augmentation

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A number of variables should be considered when determining the appropriate age for breast augmentation surgery.As a general rule, it’s important for patients to reach both physical and emotional maturity before proceeding with surgery.
you need to assess if your breasts have actually stopped developing and it would be wise to discuss this sort of decision with your family and close friends

Speak with your parents, then a surgeon...

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Several variables should be considered when determining the appropriate age for breast augmentation surgery.As a general rule, it’s important for patients to reach both physical and emotional maturity before proceeding with surgery.In addition, it’s also important to follow the guidelines established by the FDA whenever possible.
Physical maturity is important because operating on the breasts before growth has stabilized can adversely impact the surgical result.Emotional maturity is also extremely important.It’s very important that younger patients understand the significance of their decision and how it may potentially affect their lives.
It’s also important to follow current FDA guidelines.The FDA recommends that saline implants not be used in women under 18 years of age for cosmetic purposes.In contrast, they recommend that silicone implants not be used in patients under 22 years of age.
Each patient’s situation is unique and several factors may alter these numbers.In younger patients with congenital breast deformities or post traumatic deformities, surgery may be indicated at an earlier age.
If you’re considering breast augmentation and are younger than 19, it’s important to first discuss the issue with your parents.If everyone agrees that breast augmentation is an option, consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon would be appropriate.The vast majority of patients who undergo breast augmentation at this age report high levels of satisfaction.

Recommended Age for Breast Augmentation

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There is no age limit for breast augmentation. However, most surgeons will not perform breast augmentation unless the woman has achieved full breast development. Consult with 3 experienced and expert board certified plastic surgeons to understand your options.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Recommended age for breast augmentation?

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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. 22 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

Age & Breast Augmentation Surgery

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Being disproportional is definitely something that is distressing at any age.The break between high school and college is a good time to consider breast augmentation to solve this issue and to give you confidence as you embark on this new phase of your life.Just make sure that you leave yourself enough healing time after surgery before you start school so that no one would notice something was wrong.Four to six weeks would be ideal for the early healing to be over with.The one drawback of doing your surgery now is that if you have it before you turn 19 then the implant manufacturers will not honor their warranty.Their warranty states specifically that you must be 19 years of age or older at implantation.If you meet their criteria then they will replace the implants for your lifetime if they rupture.If there is a rupture in the first ten years then they will cover a part of the cost of the surgery.You would void the warranty if you have your surgery done right now.Just make sure to take all of this into consideration as you plan your surgery.

Current Guidelines for the Earliest Age for Cosmetic Breast Augmentation is 18 Years of Age

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Current guidelines for the earliest age for cosmetic breast augmentation utilizing saline implants is 18 years of age.  The FDA restricts the use of silicone implants to patients 22 years of age or older. 

Some young women under the age of 18 undergo placement of breast implants for reconstructive purposes.  This would be in the case of significant breast asymmetry (unevenness) or other developmental problems.

It is important that the breasts have stopped growing.  It is also very important that the patient have the proper emotional maturity to fully understand the procedure and the potential risks and changes that will occur. 

Many women are satisfied with the size and shape of their breasts until they undergo pregnancy and childbearing.  Often, after pregnancy and childbearing, a woman loses volume in her breasts.  Very often, these patients seek breast augmentation to restore them back to their previous size and shape. 
There are no upper limits regarding age for this procedure as long as they are in satisfactory physical condition.

John J. Edney, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 133 reviews

Age requirements or restrictions for breast implant augmentation

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In most cases, the FDA recommends the use of saline filled breast implants for cosmetic breast augmentaton in patients age 18 and over unless required for breast reconstruction. Silicone implants are reserved for those 22 years of age and older.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

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