The reasons women choose to get breast augmentation are highly personal and are often influenced by their life circumstances. Someone in their 20s who has always had small breasts, for example, has different reasons than a mother in her 30s when it comes to wanting breast implants. My Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island patients represent a wide range of ages and walks of life. What they have in common is a desire to be more confident in their appearance.
But there are different factors to consider, depending on your age when getting breast implants. With that said, I’ll be writing a 3-part series focusing on age-specific information you should know before undergoing breast augmentation. In part 1, I focus on women in their 20s. Part 2 is designed for women in their 30s and 40s; and part 3 addresses women in their 50s and beyond.
Choosing a Plastic Surgeon
Researching plastic surgeons, scheduling consultations, and actually choosing a plastic surgeon to perform your breast augmentation can be stressful for patients of any age. It’s important to start by ensuring the surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Additionally, check their websites for before-and-after photos of actual patients and read reviews on sites such as RealSelf.com.
Plan for the Future
Think about whether your cosmetic goals at 25 will match your goals at 35. That may influence the size of breast implants you choose. It’s also a good idea to let your plastic surgeon know if you’re planning to have children, even if it’s not in the next year or two. Surgeons can use this information to recommend specific techniques for the operation, such as where to make the incisions.
You’re Ready, but Is Your Body?
An increasing number of patients who are 20 or younger have been getting breast augmentation. Some women’s bodies are still developing until they are about 21 and that can have an impact on the results of the procedure. It may be better to hold off for a year or two. Also, silicone gel implants are approved by the FDA only for patients who are at least 22. Saline implants can be used for patients 18 and older.
Paying for Surgery
Many patients in their 20s are not as financially secure as older patients. Being stressed about paying for breast implants can take some of the enjoyment out of the experience and even influence how satisfied you are with the results. Financing the procedure is an option for patients who qualify if you can’t pay the total cost at one time. This is a personal decision that should be carefully evaluated.
For those who are sure and physically ready for the procedure, undergoing breast augmentation in your 20s has some unique benefits. At this age, most women are in good overall health and can rebound quickly from the surgery, with a lower risk of complications. Because their skin retains most of its elasticity, it helps create excellent results.