Many women wonder about the ideal age for breast augmentation. In short, for healthy women with no medical contraindications for surgery, there is no "best" age. The timing of surgery depends on you.
It is common for women to get breast implants starting in their early twenties and extending through their sixties and beyond. For younger women, the motivation for getting breast implants is often to attain a fuller and more proportioned figure, to look better in clothing, and to feel more confident in social situations. For middle-aged women, the motivations for surgery are often related to reclaiming a figure that has changed as a result of time, gravity, aging, childbearing, and breastfeeding.
There are a few age-related things to consider with regard to breast implants:
- Silicone implants are FDA approved for cosmetic reasons in women over age 22. If you are younger than 22, you are a candidate for saline implants only.
- Women aged 40 and above require a screening mammogram prior to having any type of cosmetic breast surgery.
- If you have a personal or family history of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, or the BRCA gene, you may require a screening mammogram earlier than age 40. I generally recommend a mammogram 10 years prior to the age when your youngest first degree relative was diagnosed.
- If you have breast implants that have been in place for some time, it is perfectly reasonable to desire an implant exchange. This can be done for concerns related to cosmetic appearance, comfort, "tightness" or capsular contracture, rupture, or size change.
Read below to hear about the experiences of one of our recent patients, a 43 year old who underwent breast augmentation. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (212) 452-2400 or email info@LaraDevganMD.com.