The best age for your breast augmentation depends entirely on you. You should consider your physical and emotional maturity, your family plans and your financial stability. Only you can decide that now is the right time to have your breast augmentation performed.

Maturity

At age 18, you can elect breast augmentation with saline implants, and at age 22, you can choose silicone implants. But just because you can doesn't necessarily mean that you should. Talk with the women in your family about their breast development. You may want to wait until your body has matured more before opting for breast augmentation.

Pregnancy

If you are in your child bearing years, you should consider what your plans are for having a family. Although breast implants will not affect your ability to get pregnant or your health during pregnancy, sometimes your implants are affected by your pregnancy. Because your breasts change and swell during pregnancy, the results of your breast augmentation can look much different following the birth of your child. You may want to consider postponing breast augmentation until after your pregnancy if children are in your near future.

Finances

Breast augmentation is an elective cosmetic procedure. Insurance usually does not cover it. You should be aware of the costs and the available financing options. With financing, you will not have to pay the full cost up front, but you should calculate whether breast augmentation costs fit into your budget.

If you are ready for your breast augmentation, please contact New Image Plastic Surgery Associates to schedule your consultation with Virginia plastic surgeon Dr. Roberta L. Gartside.