For women who may have struggled with breast development during their youth, breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic procedure often considered as they mature. Having a small chest can factor into low self-esteem, a lack of confidence and even be perpetuated by added pressures of classmates, or the social media.  All factors can contribute to a woman’s choice to have this elective surgery to increase not only their bust size but also their self-image. But when it comes to receiving breast augmentation at an early age, when is a safe age?

breast implantsAccording to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 15.1 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed in 2013. For patients ages 20-29, breast augmentation was one of the most commonly elected procedures.  ASPS released an article titled “Breast Augmentation in Teenagers” discussing how teenage candidates desiring breast augmentation should be at least 18 years of old. This is advised as it is best to wait until the individual has matured both physically and mentally before undergoing a cosmetic procedure. The FDA has not approved breast implants for patients younger than 18 due to the possible risks associated with implants.

The body should be fully developed prior to undergoing comprehensive surgery, but breast augmentation isn’t solely reserved for young adults. Women who are uncomfortable in their clothes, have dealt with weight fluctuation, or have lost shape and volume after child birth are also good candidates for breast augmentation. In each case, teens and adults experience changes to their body and the motivation for increasing their breast is unique to each individual, no matter the age.

It is important to remember that undergoing plastic surgery is your personal choice. If you are interested in breast augmentation or other cosmetic procedures performed at Southern Plastic Surgery, contact us today to schedule your consultation.  For the most up-to-date plastic surgery news and specials be sure to connect with Dr. Whiteman on FacebookTwitter and Google+.