What age should you be to elect breast augmentation? If you think my answer is, “It depends,” of course you’re right. Everyone’s needs are unique; there’s no one answer that works across the board. But there are some considerations that generally apply to breast augmentation surgery. Especially if you’re a young woman, take some time to think things through.
The FDA’s Answer
For one answer to the question about the appropriate age for breast augmentation, you can turn to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In its role as protector and promoter of public health, the FDA regulates breast implants as it does all medical devices. The organization has approved saline-filled implants for women 18 years old and older, and silicone gel implants for women aged 22 and older (breast reconstruction patients can be younger). Why the difference? The FDA feels that the risk of “silent rupture” for silicone implants requires increased vigilance and the organization wants to be sure women are mature enough to understand this.
Physical and Emotional Development
Most plastic surgeons will perform breast augmentation on women in their late teens if they feel the patient is mature enough to be making a good choice. But consider this about your physical maturity: your breasts will continue to develop and change into your 20’s. Waiting just a few years to make decisions might be well worth it.
Think carefully about your emotional maturity level too. Although you may consider yourself quite levelheaded for your age, and you may well be, we all gain a different perspective as the years pass. Something that seems important to you now, like bigger breasts, may not seem too critical a few years from now.
Opening the Door to More Surgery
One aspect of breast enlargement you may not be thinking about is what happens down the road. Many young people find it hard to imagine what life will be like as they age—it’s natural to find it difficult to envision. But you will age, and your body will change. Implants will cause your breasts to sag more than they otherwise would. The larger the implants, the greater the droop.
Which brings up a related point.