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A 47-year-old member asked:

How old do you have to be to get breast implants?

5 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tim Neavin
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Good question: For purely cosmetic enhancement, i generally would not consider performing a breast augmentation on a females under the age of 18. Could there be exceptions? Perhaps, but i haven't seen any i'd pursue.
Dr. Christopher Chung
28 years experience
18: In my practice, I do not perform breast augmentation until the patient is at least 18 year of age. If silicone gel implants are desired, then the minimum age is 22 per current fda guidelines. It is always best to await until breasts are no longer developing prior to breast augmentation irrespective of age, but minimum age is 18.
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Reason?: For cosmetic purposes the minimum age is 18 for saline and 22 for silicone breast implants. For reconstruction, there is not age limit, but if under 18, consent of you parent or guardian is needed.
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
agreed. great answer
Mar 24, 2013
Dr. Daniel Careaga
Plastic Surgery 19 years experience
18 - 22: 18 for saline, 22 for silicone. Silicone can be placed at a younger age for reconstruction which you might be a candiadte for if you have tuberous breasts or very little breast tissue and your surgeon feels that a saline implant will be a poor result.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
18: Patients who are seeking breast augmentation for aesthetic purposes must be 18 years of age.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How old is too old for a woman to get breast implants?

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Dr. Clark Schierle
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Breast Augmentation: Breast augmentation is a generally safe, effective, outpatient procedure performed under moderate sedation or general anesthesia. Age only plays a role in so far as it affects your ability to safely undergo the associated anesthesia and may have more problems healing.
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How old should one be to receive breast implants?

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Dr. Ralph Rosato
Plastic Surgery 37 years experience
18 : The fda recommends breast augmentation after your 18 th birthday . Silicone gel implants are recommended for women 22 or older. However if the reason for the implant is reconstructive, age is not as important of an issue.
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What are the risk in getting breast implants?

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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Generally safe: Breast augmentation is generally a safe procedure. Like any other surgery there are risks of complications including bleeding, infection, breast symmetry, capsullar contracture, and implant rupture.
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Is getting breast implants safe?

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Dr. Rene Perez
Cosmetic Surgery 12 years experience
Yes: Generally speaking. Seek your cosmetic surgery procedures by a proficient cosmetic or plastic surgeon.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What is a guy's opinion on an older female with breast implants?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 57 years experience
It is her body: Who are you to give opinion unless you are paying for the procedure.She has the right what she want to do with her body.

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