What Is the Best Age to Get a Breast Augmentation?
The size and shape of your breasts can significantly impact your self-confidence. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your breasts, a breast augmentation in San Francisco can provide round, shapely, and beautiful breasts that enhance your feminine physique while boosting your confidence.
Most women seeking first-time breast surgery are between 25 and 45. Remember that health, not age, is the most important determining factor for whether someone can safely undergo this procedure. That being said, women over 18 who have good emotional and physical health will usually make good candidates.
The best age to get a breast augmentation varies by body development
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that can:
- Enhance the size and shape of the breasts
- Balance breast symmetry
- Create an attractive, proportionate, feminine frame
Women who want bigger, more attractive breasts are the most likely to choose breast augmentation. However, breast augmentation can restore breast volume lost due to:
- Significant weight loss
Age is not necessarily a determining factor in deciding the best time to get a breast augmentation. What matters most is whether the breasts are fully developed. Anyone aged 18 or older in good health should be a viable candidate for breast augmentation, as long as their bodies have fully developed.
Emotional maturity is essential
Younger patients over the age of 18 are screened for indicators that they have the necessary emotional maturity to make an informed and rational decision about surgery. Changing the body's shape in any way is a decision that the patient should make with due diligence.
We strongly discourage teenagers under 18 from having breast surgery, even if they have parental permission. It is essential that patients have the physical and emotional maturity to undergo this type of procedure and that their breasts have fully developed. During your initial consultation with Dr. James Anthony, he will listen to your concerns and balance them with his medical knowledge and expertise to ensure your happiness.
Statistics and FDA Recommendations
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery:
- Nearly half of all women who undergo breast augmentation are between 19 and 34
- Women between 35 and 50 make up 39% of breast augmentation patients
- The remaining 14% are over 51, with only 2% of these patients over 65
Women of all ages have this procedure done, possibly because the more mature a patient is, the more likely they are to have serious health concerns that might prevent them from having elective surgery. This means that if a woman is healthy and a non-smoker, breast augmentation can be safely performed later in life.
Saline implants are FDA-approved for women 18 or older, but the FDA has only approved silicone implants for women at least 22 years old. While both types of implants have excellent safety ratings, this is the current recommendation, so surgeons must comply. If you strongly prefer silicone implants, the best age to get a breast augmentation would be 22 years old.
Most women are good candidates for breast augmentation
Women who want to increase their breasts' size and achieve a more shapely or curvy appearance are likely good candidates for breast augmentation. The decision to have breast augmentation surgery is highly personal; if you’re considering this procedure, you must do it for yourself and nobody else.
Good candidates for breast augmentation must:
- Have fully developed breasts
- Meet the implant age requirements
- Be unhappy with the aesthetics of their breasts
- Experience unwanted breast changes due to aging, pregnancy, nursing, or weight loss
- Be in good physical and mental health
- Have sagging, deflated, elongated, or uneven breasts
- Be a nonsmoker
- Have realistic expectations about the procedure’s results
- Feel that a breast augmentation will enhance their confidence or quality of life
- Not currently pregnant or breastfeeding
Choose Dr. James Anthony for breast augmentation in San Francisco
Board-certified San Francisco plastic surgeon Dr. James Anthony is one of the top breast surgeons in the San Francisco area. In his accredited AAAHC clinic, he has performed thousands of breast augmentation procedures and brings his vast experience and expertise to every surgery. As an authority in breast augmentation, rest assured you are in excellent hands. Dr. Anthony’s goal is to help you achieve the most optimal possible results and walk away feeling confident and happy with your new figure.