The most recent cosmetic surgery statistics show that women ages 18 to 29 account for more than one-third of all breast augmentation procedures. While breast enlargement surgery is a safe and effective option for many young women, the age you choose to have it depends on several factors. Learn more about what you should consider before breast augmentation.
The Food and Drug Administration has indirectly set certain age restrictions on breast implants, saying saline implants are “approved” for women 18 years of age and silicone implants are “approved” for women 22 years of age. The FDA also says that implants are approved for reconstruction, such as surgery after breast cancer, at “any age.” Breast surgeons are allowed to use breast implants at their discretion based on each patient’s particular situation, but the FDA recommendations are typically followed in the majority of routine cases.
These recommendations help ensure that your breast tissue is fully developed before surgery. While your breasts may be finished growing sooner than 18, this added measure reduces your risk of complications.
You should also be aware that neither saline nor silicone breast implants are permanent fixtures. Depending on your body and the implant type you choose, you can generally expect your implants to last 10 to 20 years. The younger you are when you first have breast augmentation, the more implant replacements you may need in the future.
Choosing to have breast augmentation is a highly personal decision, and you should ultimately decide what the best age is for you, regardless of the FDA’s recommendations. While many women report an improvement in their self-confidence after breast augmentation, it’s not a guarantee. It’s critical to have a certain level of maturity as well as emotional stability and realistic expectations before proceeding with breast augmentation.
Having larger, shapelier breasts will not necessarily lead to an immediate confidence boost, but breast augmentation can:
Surgically increasing the size of your breasts means you will have to refrain from physical activity while your chest heals. Your implant type, size and placement option can further impact your ability to engage in high-intensity exercise. If larger breasts are your end goal, you should weigh this desire with your current lifestyle.
In addition, you should think about your future plans. Pregnancy can affect your surgical results, as can weight fluctuations and the normal aging process. Since your breast tissue will naturally change over the course of your lifetime, you may require additional procedures.
It can be difficult to know for sure when is the best time for your breast enlargement surgery. Talking with Dr. Angelo Cuzalina is a good first step.
Dr. Cuzalina is a triple-board certified cosmetic surgeon who has performed more than 4,000 breast augmentation procedures over the last 22 years. During your initial consultation, he will ask you about your reasons for wanting the procedure and can help you decide when is the right time for you. While he has the expertise to help you get the results you desire, he wants to first ensure that you’re confident in your decision.
To schedule a breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Cuzalina, call 918-392-7900 or use the form on this page. We serve patients in Tulsa and surrounding areas of Oklahoma, as well as many out-of-state and international patients.