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Breast Augmentation: Why It’s Not Appropriate For Young Teenage Girls

Somewhere around the age of 12 young girls begin to become very body conscious, by not only noticing what they perceive as deficiencies in their own bodies, but also by noticing older teens and women who they perceive as having the “perfect” body.  The size of one’s breasts is a top issue for teen girls, but parents need to know how to handle requests for plastic surgery (especially breast augmentation) at such an early age, especially with bullying by their peers being such a big issue.  Even if one’s daughter barely fills a size 32A bra at the age of 16 or 17, it’s important to discourage her from seeking breast augmentation, unless there is a severe deformity in the breast(s), and having breasts too small is NOT a deformity.  First of all, breast implants are for patients who are over the age of 18, with the exception of a severe breast deformity, and there is a good reason for the age stipulation.  While the age of 18 is the point when a child legally becomes and adult, medically the bodies of young women are still developing between the ages of 18 and 21, which means that the breasts may change in size and shape.  Teen girls may not like this answer, but it’s to protect their best interests medically and psychologically.  After the age of 20 or 21, if the breasts have not reached the patient’s desired size, then consulting a plastic surgeon is perfectly acceptable.  During summer breaks from college, and especially before entering one’s professional life is a good time for breast augmentation.

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