As young women transition from adolescence into adulthood, they sometimes feel frustrated with how their breasts have developed and become interested in getting breast implants. Breast augmentation is among the most popular of all cosmetic procedures, but the timing should be right. Here are some reasons you might want to wait at least until college to get breast implants.
1. Your Body Is Likely Still Developing
Even at the age of 18, your body may not be finished developing and your breasts could still continue to grow. If you’re unsatisfied with your breasts after graduating high school, remember there’s still a possibility that they may reach a size you are happy with in the next few years. Having breast augmentation too soon could leave you uncomfortable with the size of your breasts in the future.
2. FDA Age Recommendations
Even if you’ve decided you’re ready to get breast implants, the FDA has recommendations that may curb your plans. Saline implants are only FDA-approved for women over the age of 18, and this is the minimum age you have to be for cosmetic breast augmentation. Silicone implants, which can often deliver softer and more natural-feeling breasts, are only FDA-approved for women 22 years and older.The IDEAL IMPLANT®, which is a saline implant, can also create a soft natural feel similar to silicone, and is available for women over the age of 18.
3. Emotional Maturity Matters
Physical development isn’t the only personal factor to be considered before having breast augmentation. Deciding to have plastic surgery and change your body is an incredibly important decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Full emotional maturity is required to be able to truly decide if breast augmentation is right for you and if you’re prepared for this kind of change.
Carefully examine your own feelings and motivations and talk with your family and a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine when the time is right for breast implants.