From a medical perspective, it is possible to get a breast augmentation when puberty has completed. This age will vary in young women, and it can be under 18 years of age. However, from a practical and ethical viewpoint, virtually all plastic surgeons will not consider a breast augmentation in a patient unless they are over 18 years old.

The biggest exception to this arbitrary 18 year age limit is a congenital anomaly, also known as a developmental problem. There are many rare, unusual development problems in the human body, and some relate how the upper torso, trunk, and breasts develop. A more common developmental anomaly is called Poland’s Syndrome, which occurs when the entire trunk anatomy may not develop, including the rib cage, chest muscles, and breast tissue. This presents at birth, and may require breast augmentation and other surgery to achieve symmetry before the age of 18.

Previous trauma may also require a breast implant as a teenager. Some patients may have had a chest tube or some type of chest surgery as an infant or child. Depending on their development and placement of old scars, their breast tissue may not have develop properly in puberty, requiring a breast implant to achieve symmetric shape and volume.

Breast augmentation purely for cosmetic reasons is probably safe in a patient younger than 18 years of age, assuming puberty is over. Due to medical, legal, and ethical concerns, you will probably be asked to seriously consider surgery after you’re 18 or possibly 21 before you’re a candidate for breast augmentation. There are generally no legal limitations as to the age of breast augmentation in the US, but your plastic surgeon may ask you to wait, even with parental permission.

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