As with many previous years, 2015 was a winning year for breast augmentation surgeries. Even in light of changing trends related to body type (and breast implant size), this procedure outdid all others. We suspect that this will remain so for many years to come.
The ultimate intent behind breast augmentation is to add volume to this area of the body. The proportionate shape is advantageous overall, and it can also bring a woman into a greater sense of herself. That is if her self-esteem was healthy before her procedure. The popularity of breast augmentation means that there are a lot of questions being asked about this surgery. One of the most common that we hear has to do with age.
A woman may believe she is too old for breast augmentation. Her time for her ideal body has passed. That is rarely the case. While general health is always a consideration, a healthy 70-year-old can undergo breast augmentation just as nicely as a healthy 25-year-old. On the other end of the spectrum, a woman may wonder if she is too young for breast augmentation and if a few more years of waiting would be beneficial. The answers to the question of age are relatively simple and have more to do with other factors than the number of candles on one’s birthday cake.
But first, a note about age.
The minimum age requirement for breast augmentation is 18. But, that is for saline implants. For silicone implants, guidelines dictate a minimum age of 22. Beyond this general guideline, there are other factors that are far more important:
- Breasts should be fully developed before breast enlargement, and this could take a bit longer than 18 years.
- Future pregnancies should be considered as a factor in breast augmentation, but possibly not in the way you think. Breastfeeding is typically not an issue for women with breast implants. What could be an issue is the physical changes that occur during pregnancy and nursing. Some women choose to wait until they are finished having children. This way, they can have a single surgery that addresses their concerns.
- It is important that a woman has the emotional maturity to recognize what is possible, and what is not. Enlarging the breasts is not a method of improving self-confidence, though it can. It is not a procedure to be undertaken to fit an image that someone else has for you, or that you perceive society has for you. Breast augmentation is a very personal choice to be made only by you, for you.
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If you are interested in breast augmentation surgery and would like to see if you are a good candidate, call (757) 345-2275 to schedule a consultation at our office in Williamsburg, VA.