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I am 16 years old and want to have breast augmentation. What is the optimal age to...
In general, it is best to have breast enhancement surgery when you are at least 18 years of age, if it is done for purely cosmetic purposes. The breast can take 18 years or more to reach full development, which is the best time to consider surgery. The second issue is consent. Breast enhancement surgery is very safe and rewarding, but there are risks that exist. At 16 years of age, your legal guardian must consent to breast augmentation for you. This may make your family and your surgeon uncomfortable. The last major issue is the likely change in your desires after high school. I have followed young women, who ultimately have breast enhancement at 19 or 20 years of age. Their desired size and shape changed over time. They also seem to appreciate the process more when they are making all the key decisions with the surgeon. Ultimately, I recommend you wait.
It is best to wait until your breasts have fully developed. This is usually by age 18. However as Dr Few points out your goals may change after you become older. If you plan to have children in your early 20's I would recommend waiting until you have finished having children.