The decision about when to undergo breast augmentation is very personal. There is no best age for all women to get the procedure. Instead, each woman’s ideal time for breast augmentation varies based on a variety of personal lifestyle factors.
While the most common age for women to undergo breast augmentation is during their 20s and 30s, the procedure can be safely performed on anyone in good overall health well into their 50s or 60s. When determining the right time for your breast augmentation, it is important to consider the following factors:
- Physical maturity
- Emotional maturity
- Family plans
- Financial stability
The minimum age limits for breast augmentation established by the FDA is 18 years old for saline breast implants and 22 years old for silicone breast implants. This age range roughly coincides with the age at which most women’s breasts reach their full maturity.
However, there are some women whose breasts continue to develop into their early to mid 20s. Talk to your mother and other family members to find out when their breasts reached full maturity. It is possible that by waiting a few years for your breasts to finish developing, you find that you become more satisfied with their appearance.
By age 18, you are legally considered an adult capable of making important healthcare decisions for yourself. However, emotional development varies from person to person and while some women are ready to make these important choices when they are 18, others may not yet have the mental and emotional tools to handle this decision at such a young age.
When determining if you are emotionally ready for breast augmentation, ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I interested in breast augmentation to improve my self-image and not to impress, attract, or get back at someone else in my life?
- Am I generally comfortable with the big decisions I have made once I have made them?
If the answer to these questions is yes, then you are most likely emotionally mature enough to undergo breast augmentation.
Planning on having children down the road does not necessarily rule you out as a candidate for breast augmentation, but it may mean that you might be better off waiting a few years to have the procedure. While breast augmentation does not impact your ability to become pregnant and in most cases will not impact your ability to breastfeed, future pregnancies may potentially have an adverse effect on your breast augmentation results.
If you are finished having children or do not plan to have children in the immediate future, then this might be a good time to undergo breast augmentation. However, if you are getting ready to start a family or plan on having additional children in the next few years, you may want to reconsider the timing of your procedure.
Breast augmentation is an expensive procedure, and it is important to be prepared for how this will impact your current financial situation. Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Harrell offers a variety of breast augmentation financing options to help you spread out the cost of your procedure over time and fit it into your budget. But it is important to have a steady income that will allow you make your regular monthly payments and still be able to afford all of your other living expenses.
Please contact The Weston Center for Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery through the appointment button below or by calling (954) 526-0066 today to find out if this is the right time for your breast augmentation. Dr. Jon Harrell serves patients in Weston, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami, Florida.