Undergoing breast augmentation has helped countless women feel better and more confident about their bodies. Breast augmentation is among the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures available, but it isn’t right for everyone. Your age may help you determine if breast augmentation is right for you, but be sure to discuss your particular circumstances with a quality cosmetic surgeon:
• Under 18
At this age, breast augmentation is not recommended, according to the Food and Drug Administration. It is very important that your breasts be fully developed before considering this procedure. Many teenage girls find that their breasts develop into their early 20s, and natural breast growth combined with breast implants can produce unaesthetic effects such as sagging and stretch marks.
• Age 18 to 35
At this stage in life, you are in a more optimal group for breast augmentation surgery than women under 18, but you should still be aware that until your mid-twenties, your breasts may still be developing. Some questions for you to ask yourself at this point are: Are my breasts fully developed? Am I planning on have children? If so, am I planning on breastfeeding my children? If you are planning on having children, it is advisable to wait until you are finished breastfeeding to undergo augmentation, as the breasts grow and change during a pregnancy and implants may hinder a woman’s ability to breastfeed.
• Age 35 to 50
If you are over the age of 35, you are in the optimal age group for the breast augmentationprocedure. If your breasts are fully developed, you are done having children, you are in relatively good health, and you are mentally and emotionally equipped to handle a major surgery, breast augmentation may be right for you. With your cosmetic surgeon’s approval, you may qualify for breast augmentation surgery.