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What Is The Best Age for Breast Augmentation?

Selecting the right time for your breast augmentation is a difficult decision. It is important to take into account many factors, from your physical and emotional maturity to your family plans and even to your financial stability.

This page contains some of the basic factors you have to consider when timing your breast augmentation, but because of the complexities we often find these issues are best discussed in person. Please contact Gayoso Plastic Surgery in Tampa to schedule an appointment with our board-certified Tampa breast surgeon to discuss whether now is the best time for your breast augmentation.

The Best Age for Breast Augmentation

The average age of breast augmentation patients is in the early 30s, but everyone is different, and there are many factors to consider when timing your breast augmentation, including:

  • Physical maturity
  • Emotional maturity
  • Family plans
  • Financial stability

It is important to consider all these factors when making this life-changing decision. Properly timing your breast augmentation can mean the difference between loving your results and being unable to enjoy them because of other factors in your life.

Physical Maturity

Breast implants are only approved for women age 18 and older (saline breast implants) or age 22 or older (silicone breast implants). By age, 18 most women’s breasts have finished maturing, but some women are very late developers. Talk to your mother, aunts, and other women in the family about when their breasts stopped developing and use this as a guide in making a decision about whether you are physically mature enough for breast implants.

Emotional Maturity

By age 18, the law assumes you are an adult and capable of making your own health care decisions, but as with physical maturity, emotional maturity comes at a different age for everyone. There are a couple of important questions to ask yourself when making this assessment: Do I want breast augmentation for me and not to impress, attract, or get back at someone else? Do I tend to be comfortable with big decisions once I have made them? If you want breast augmentation for improving your self-image and you have a track record of being comfortable with decisions once made, you are probably emotionally mature enough for breast augmentation.

Family Plans

If you are planning on becoming pregnant in the near future, now may not be the best time for your breast augmentation. Breast augmentation has no negative effects on your ability become pregnant or carry a child, nor does it have any adverse effects on breastfeeding infants, but sometimes pregnancy can negatively impact your breast augmentation results. If you have no immediate plans for children or if you have finished having children, now might be a very good time for breast augmentation.

Financial Stability

Breast augmentation does have a significant financial cost, and you need to be prepared for that. This does not mean that you have to be able to pay the full cost up front. We have a number of breast augmentation financing options that make breast augmentation very affordable for women of almost any budget. But you should have a steady income that will allow you to make the payments without undue hardship.

If you meet all the above characteristics, then now may be the best time for your breast augmentation. Please contact Gayoso Plastic Surgery in Tampa today to talk to board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Antonio J. Gayoso about your breast augmentation. Also serving the areas of Clearwater, Tampa, Sarasota and St Petersburg, Florida.