The best age to have breast augmentation varies woman to woman. You must be at least 18 years old for saline implants and at least 22 years old for silicone implants, but breast reconstruction for women with asymmetrical breasts or breast cancer survivors are not as stringent.
There’s not an ideal age to have breast augmentation, but there are factors to consider before making your final decision including:
- Are your breasts fully developed? – The FDA puts age restrictions on breast augmentation because your breasts should be fully developed before having cosmetic plastic surgery. Your body could continue growing well into your twenties.
- Do you plan on having children? – Certain breast augmentation incisions can potentially hinder your ability to breastfeed and pregnancy will cause your breast size and shape to change. Breast implants after having children is likely a better option and they may feel more comfortable.
- Do you have a medical history, which could complicate the procedure? – Breast augmentation may not be the right fit for you if your family history includes obesity, breast cancer or if you’re a smoker.
Some studies have even shown that women over the age of 65 are not at an increased risk of complications so your age doesn’t matter as much as your health and lifestyle. It’s also important to choose an experienced plastic surgeon certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery to ensure your procedure gives you optimal, safe results.
If you’re interested in breast augmentation, please call our board-certified plastic surgeon in Maryland today at (301) 567-6767 to schedule your initial consultation. Bella Cosmetic Surgery serves clients in Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia.