One question plastic surgeons get asked a lot is “what is the perfect age for breast implants?” While are definitely times when getting breast implants isn’t the best or most appropriate decision, it’s difficult to point to one exact age that’s better than the rest.
A number of factors influence whether a woman is ready for breast augmentation and implants. Age plays a very small role in the decision. Here are a few things that can help you decide if breast implants are right for you, whether you’re 21, 33, 45 or 55.
Type of Implant Matters
If there is one concrete thing that influences the best age for breast implants, it’s the material the implants are made out of. There are minimum ages for each type of implant. For example, saline implants are FDA approved for use in women over the age of 18. But the FDA has limited the use of silicone implants, which tend to have a more natural feel, to women over the age of 22.
Although silicone implants are approved for women over age 22, it is not against the law or illegal for a surgeon to place them in a younger woman. It’s more that the FDA has determined that being over age 22 is preferable for women who are considering getting silicone implants.
Your maturity level matters more than your calendar age when it comes to getting implants. Maturity refers to both emotional maturity and your physical maturity. Some women are late bloomers and might have breasts that are still developing in their early 20s, for example. Since it’s best to wait for the breasts to be fully developed before scheduling surgery, some women might naturally need to wait longer than others.
Emotional maturity is a different matter. There’s no real way to measure someone’s emotional maturity the way there is to measure their physical maturity.
Generally speaking, though, a woman is emotionally ready for breast implants after she’s spent some time thinking about them and has fully weighed the pros and cons. Her reasons for getting the implants can reflect that maturity or not. For example, a woman who is emotionally mature and ready to handle the effects of getting implants is getting them to make herself happy.
On the other hand, a woman is getting implants because her partner wants her to or because she thinks it is what other people want is most likely not emotionally mature enough for the implants. No matter how old a woman is, breast augmentation is never a decision to rush into.
There’s No One Perfect Age for Breast Implants
While there’s no right age for breast implants, women in some age brackets might be better suited for a breast augmentation than others. In 2015, breast augmentation was among the most popular procedures for women between the ages of 30 and 39 and for women between the ages of 40 and 54, according to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Women over age 55 were much less likely to have the surgery, as were women under age 29.
There are a few reasons why women might choose to have breast augmentation between the ages of 30 and 55. Many women are usually settled into their lives at that point.
They might have finished having kids and breastfeeding, both of which can change the size and shape of the breasts. Or they might have reached the decision not to have kids.
Additionally, women between the ages of 30 and 55 are usually fully mature and developed, but haven’t yet started to face the health conditions common among older women.
Can Teens Have Breast Augmentation?
Since the FDA only approves saline implants for women over age 18, you might wonder if that means breast augmentation is off the table for many teenagers. Teens do get breast implants. Nearly 8,000 teens between 13 and 19 had the procedure done in 2015, according to the American Society for Plastic Surgeon’s statistics. Those statistics don’t reveal how many of those teens were 13 compared to how many were 19, though.
If you are a teenager considering breast implants or you are a parent of a teen who wants implants, it’s very important to think about the emotional maturity of the teen, as well as the physical maturity. For example, 16-year-old who’s unhappy about small breasts today might end up thrilled with the way her breasts look at age 18, with having to have surgery.
Breast Implants Before Pregnancy
Whether a woman wants to get pregnant or not might influence her decision to have implants, and when. Breast implants don’t interfere with a woman’s ability to get pregnant and won’t present any risks to the baby.
It’s more that pregnancy presents risks to the implants or the shape and size of the breasts themselves. Since pregnancy can change the size and shape off the breasts, it might undo some of the work done by previous breast augmentation surgery. Whether it’s better to have implants years before pregnancy or to wait until after is a personal decision.
Whether you are thinking of getting breast implants at age 20, 35 or 51, having one of the best plastic surgeons in the country perform your surgery makes a big difference. Houston’s Dr. Paul Vitenas has regularly been named a top doctor. To schedule a consultation with him and to learn more about your breast implant options, call 281-484-0088 today.