Is There an Age Limit for Breast Augmentation?

Posted on July 10, 2020 by: Dr. Rocheford

According to the statistics collected by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there were 1.8 million cosmetic surgical procedures in 2018. Breast augmentation was the fifth most sought-after procedure. This option creates fuller, more symmetrical breasts that enhance your appearance and boost your self-confidence. While the average age of patients seeking breast augmentation is 34 years, everyone seeks out breast augmentation at different stages of life. If you’re considering breast augmentation, then here’s what to know about the right timing and how to discuss your options with your plastic surgeon.

Understanding Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery that uses implants and fat grafts to improve the breasts’ appearance. Hence, it can correct the size, shape, texture, and evenness of the breasts. An ideal candidate for breast augmentation is anyone who:

Has A Healthy Body and Mind

Ideal candidates need to be physically fit for several reasons. First, good health reduces the chances of developing complications after surgery. Second, it’s easier to maintain your results when you’re in good health and not subject to weight fluctuations. If you already have healthy habits in place, you’ll be in a better position to keep yourself healthy and active for the long term after your recovery.

Struggles with Sagging, Elongated, Asymmetrical, Or Flattened Breasts

Breast augmentation increases breast volume and improves symmetry. Paired with a breast lift, it can also reposition the breasts to a more lifted position on the chest.

Is a Non-Smoker

The free radicals from nicotine interfere with the recovery process of a breast augmentation procedure. Patients who smoke can experience increased swelling, noticeable scarring, and prolonged healing due to insufficient oxygen to the wound tissue. 

Has Realistic Expectations

Finally, a perfect candidate is realistic about what breast augmentation can do. The procedure will not fix any body image issues. Neither will it result in a drastically different look. Breast augmentation can improve your existing figure and your confidence with the right board-certified plastic surgeon.

What Age Is Appropriate?

Breast augmentation works best for women who are at least 18 years old. At this age, the breasts are fully developed. 

There is no upper age limit on breast augmentation. As long as you’re physically fit, have breasts that would benefit from increased volume, do not smoke or drink, and have realistic expectations, you can benefit from a breast augmentation procedure.

Schedule Your Consultation

Breast augmentation is one of the best ways to improve your confidence with the help of a board-certified plastic surgeon. To meet with Dr. Rocheford and learn more, we invite you to contact our office by calling 651-739-1100 or filling out our online form.