Breast augmentation is still one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the country. Many women seek the surgery to look and feel more feminine, especially following life-changing events like pregnancy, which can change the shape and size of their breasts. At any age, there are many factors that go into determining whether or not a woman is a good candidate for breast augmentation.
Breast Augmentation: When is the Right Time?
- Ages 18 to 22. Breast augmentation is not recommended for women under the age of 18. It is extremely important for breast augmentation candidates to have fully developed breasts prior to undergoing surgery – which may not happen until a woman is older than 18. Breast implants in women without fully developed breasts will likely sag, and choosing an implant size for a woman without fully developed breasts is difficult. In some cases, it may be best for a woman in her late teens or early 20s to hold off on breast implants until they are older.
- Ages 22 to 35. Breast augmentation is common for women in this age group. However, women in this age range may also decide to have children, in which case a surgeon may encourage them to hold off on the surgery until afterwards. This is because pregnancy and breast-feeding may cause breast implants to sag.
- Ages 36 to 50. This age range is generally considered best for breast surgery. Women in this age range are usually done having children, and do not have to worry about breast feeding with implants or changes that may occur in breast size or appearance due to pregnancy. Women in this age group also tend to be more realistic about their outcome following breast augmentation surgery.
- Over the age of 50. Women over the age of 50 who are in excellent health are usually considered good candidates for breast augmentation. These women must have a clear understanding of any risks their age may play in their surgical outcome.
While there is no real “right” age to have breast augmentation surgery, some patients may benefit from having the procedure later on in life, rather than when they are younger.