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What You Need to Know About Breast Augmentation in Your 20s

Submitted by Dr. Fasching on Fri 09/22/2017 - 21:19

Many women who have small breasts or don’t like the natural shape of their breasts can’t wait until they turn 18 and can get the look of their dreams. After all, breasts are an important part of a woman’s confidence and sexuality—and that should be embraced, enjoyed, and empowered. Fortunately, there’s no need to wait until you’re older to have breast augmentation surgery; it’s a relatively safe and effective procedure for women in their 20s. In fact, many doctors advise women to have this procedure in their 20s rather than later on in life, for the following reasons:

  • Younger women heal faster. When you’re in your 20s, your immune system, metabolism, and overall health are at their peak. These conditions both speed up the healing time from breast augmentation surgery and minimize the risk of complications.
  • You’ll get more enjoyment out of your implants if you get them early. Your 20s are probably going to be the decade in which you do the most dating, socializing, and generally get out there and live life to the fullest. Getting breast implants in your 20s can provide an important confidence boost as you start to navigate the adult world and establish new relationships.

With all of that said, there are a few additional things to consider before you take the plunge:

  • You’ll probably need to have your implants replaced when you’re older. Some breast implants will last a lifetime, but not all of them will; gradual degradation of the implant material and natural breast sagging (due to pregnancy, age, etc.) often make replacement necessary. On average, implants need to be replaced every 10-20 years, so you should budget for at least one additional surgery in your lifetime.
  • Your age may impact the type of implant you can get. It’s highly recommended by the FDA that silicone implants can only be used by patients older than 22 years of age. If you’re under 22, you might need to choose saline implants instead.
  • You should think about whether or not you’ll want to breastfeed a child in the future. Having breast augmentation surgery will not necessarily limit your ability to breastfeed, but it’s important that you discuss this issue with your surgeon. If you want to breastfeed later in life, he or she will choose an incision type that is unlikely to impact your ability to do so.

As a final note, don’t forget to do your research and choose a surgeon carefully. Breast augmentation looks stunning when it’s done well, but the procedure requires a great deal of knowledge and skill to execute properly. Choose your surgeon based on his or her reputation, not price—the results will be well worth it. For a chance to work with a world-class surgeon, contact the offices of Michael C. Fasching now for a consultation.