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how old should i be before i get a boob job?

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Dr. Hashim Alani
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Boob?: Breast job (i think the question relates to augmentaion) it should be considered in adult life. We have done 15-16 years old who were born withabsent or hypoplastic breast on one side. The rest are adults 18 years and over.
Dr. Antonio Carbonell
Plastic Surgery 52 years experience
Over 18: Breast enhancement with saline or gel prosthesis should wait until the breast tissue is fully mature, around 18 years of age. Shape, size, location and asymmetries can best be addressed after tissues have achieved their maximum size. Pregnancies will affect the tissue elasticity and breast size, so revisional surgery may be needed. Later in life, a gel implant +/- breast lift work the best.
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Old Enough: Ideally you'd be old enough to make a truly informed decision. However, society has decided that 18 is that magic number.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Are you serious?: Breast implants are it a need even in the event of breast cancer. They are an elective surgical option that carries risks, serious ones, that should be fully understood. You need to know the potential complications and outcomes and alternatives. You should insist that your surgeon discuss these with you. This is a lifelong undertaking and should not be decided on a whim. Society sets an age of 18.
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 29 years experience
Consider wisely : You should be an adult. 18 or older. I agree with dr placik that t his is a lifelong undertaking and should not be decided on a whim. Breast augmentation is a surgical option that carries risks, serious ones, that should be fully understood discussed and considered before pursuing this option.
Dr. Rene Perez
Cosmetic Surgery 11 years experience
Adult: In most cases, you should not have a breast augmentation until you are an adult. Other forms of breast surgery, for some female breast diseases could be done before that age, but would depend on the individual case. Please discuss with your parents and an ethical and profecient cosmetic or plastic surgeon.
Dr. Henry Mentz
Cosmetic Surgery 37 years experience
Breast augmentation: Saline breast implants are available to women 18 and older for breast augmentation and to women of any age for breast reconstruction. Silicone breast implants are available to women 22 and older for breast augmentation and to women of any age for breast reconstruction.
Dr. Gregory Buford
Plastic Surgery 27 years experience
It depends...: In most cases, we generally wait until a patient is at least 18 years of age before proceeding with a breast augmentation. But that age may be somewhat flexible given pre-existing circumstances such as severe asymmetry. I also try and assess underlying reasons for the surgery and level of maturity of the patient (as I do with a patient at any age!).

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Dr. Richard Tholen
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Short answer is poor: There are many things you need to be aware of, and much of the literature or media-fueled "information" is based on a broad cross-section of surgeons (not all abps-certified plastic surgeons experienced in breast augmentation surgery). For more information you can go to http://www.Realself.Com/article/dr-tholens-comprehensive-guide-breast-augmentation.
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Dr. Greg Sexton commented
Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
WWW.plasticsurgery.org is an excellent resource site for all types of cosmetic surgery
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If i get a boob job at 18 will they disfigure as i get older?

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Dr. James Chappell
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Gravity never quits: Gravity and time alter everything, but don't let that stop you. Talk to a reputable board certified plastic surgeon. They can guide you.

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