One of the questions plastic surgeons get asked frequently is about age: “Am I at the right age to have this procedure?”
The fact is, people of nearly any age can — and do — undergo cosmetic surgery with great results. The key is to become informed about the procedure, the benefits and risks, expected results, and to consult with a plastic surgeon who has skill and experience in the procedure you want. There are, however, some things to know about age and cosmetic surgery that can help you during your decision-making process.
Breast augmentation at different ages
You must be 18 years old to undergo breast augmentation with saline implants, and 22 for silicone. These are FDA guidelines. But once you’ve reached that age, there is no ideal time for breast augmentation that suits everyone.
Research has shown that most women have no problem breastfeeding with implants, so waiting until after childbearing isn’t necessary. That said, many women decide to get implants once they become a mom because breasts tend to lose volume and fullness after pregnancy.
The timing for breast augmentation largely depends on your personal preference. Some women who have lived all their lives with breasts that are too small or underdeveloped are very ready, physically and emotionally, to get breast implants at a younger age. Others may be happy with their breast size until pregnancy, hormonal changes, or weight loss affects them. Because breast implants are easily customized to your figure, preference, and lifestyle, there is no single “right age” to move forward with this surgery. It’s all about how you feel and when you’re ready.
Body contouring procedures at different ages
The majority of liposuction patients are over the age of 40, followed closely by people age 30-39. But there are many different reasons to undergo liposuction, tummy tuck, a body lift, and similar procedures - and not all of them are related to the passage of time.
Many people are simply born with a genetic predisposition to carrying excess fat in certain places. Others may have adopted a healthy lifestyle and lost a significant amount of weight, leaving them with excess or sagging skin as early as their 20s. And of course, many women find they desire a tummy tuck after pregnancy, which could be a woman in her early 20s or up to her 40s and beyond.
With these procedures, being emotionally and physically ready is what we look for — not a number. Plastic surgeons should not operate on a patient who does not fit these criteria, no matter what their age.
The right time is up to you
Don’t put off the cosmetic procedure you want because you worry about some “ideal age.” If you’re doing it for your own self-confidence, you’re in good physical health, and your plastic surgeon says it’s safe for you, there’s no reason to worry about the number on your driver’s license. Cosmetic surgery has wonderful benefits for patients of all ages. Schedule your consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery to learn more about how to get the body you’ve always wanted!