Too Old (or Young) for Breast Augmentation?

Too Old (or Young) for Breast Augmentation? | Richard A. D’Amico, MDOf the various questions, a woman may ask at the onset of her journey toward breast augmentation surgery, the one regarding age tends to be up front and center. Unless you fall into your mid-twenties to mid-thirties, you may have asked yourself the question “am I too old (or too young) for breast augmentation?” The simple answer is, in most cases, no. Chances are, your age is the last factor that would prevent you from having the body you want. Let’s look more closely at the critical issues of this procedure.

Factors to Consider

  • The only time that age is a factor in breast augmentation surgery is when a patient is between the ages of 18 and 22. The FDA regulates that a woman should be 18 years old to undergo augmentation with breast implants. However, there’s more. Before age 22, only saline implants have been approved for use. If you are under this age, and you want silicone implants, you will need to wait a short time for your procedure.
  • Emotional maturity may be a better indication of readiness for breast augmentation surgery. It is imperative to understand that there are no guarantees that achieving the desired body type will cause confident feelings if body image has historically been a struggle. Patients who enjoy the best emotional results from breast augmentation are those who already feel good about their appearance, but who wish to improve(not fix) certain areas, such as the breasts.
  • Physical maturity is a factor that we don’t hear about very often, but it is an important consideration for younger patients. It cannot be assumed that breasts will develop fully by the age of 18. A thorough assessment is performed during the consultation visit to confirm readiness regarding both emotional and physical maturity.

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