How old do you have to be to have breast implants?

In the UK, the majority of surgeons will specify that you must be aged 18 or over in order to have breast enlargement surgery. There may be an exception to this rule in exceptional circumstances, but this would need to be discussed with your surgeon.

This is due to a number of factors:

That by the age of 18

  • You are likely to be fully grown
  • Your breasts should be fully developed
  • Implants are not likely to interfere with the development of your breasts

You should, however, bear in mind that your breasts may continue to develop into your early twenties, so you should only consider an augmentation when you have definitely finished growing.

It will be difficult to determine the best size, shape and profile of implant to suit you if you are still developing, plus implants placed in breasts that are still developing can cause sagging and stretched, excess skin.

What is the best age to have breast implants?

While it is often recommended that you wait until after you have had children, the optimum age for a successful breast augmentation is anywhere between 18 and 50 years old.

Younger women may choose the procedure as they feel their breasts are too small or lack volume. After having children, women may notice their breasts have changed size or shape and may wish to replicate their pre-pregnancy look. More mature women may feel their breasts are not looking as they used to and they may wish to boost their confidence with an augmentation.

Breast augmentation for women aged 20 – 35

Opting for an augmentation when you are aged between 20 and 35 is ideal from the point of view that your breasts will be fully developed. However, there are some important considerations to be aware of before you commit to the procedure:

  • Do you plan to have children?
  • If you already have a child or children, do you plan to have more?
  • Do you intend to breastfeed?

Surgeons advise you to wait until after you have completed your family before having a breast augmentation, as your breasts can change size and shape considerably throughout pregnancy. If you breastfeed, these changes can be even more pronounced.

Women with implants who wish to breastfeed their babies may experience adverse effects such as difficulty breastfeeding and a reduction in firmness in their breasts.

Breast augmentation for women aged 35 – 50

This age group is typically regarded as the optimum for a breast augmentation, as:

  • They have finished developing
  • They have often completed their families
  • They are likely to be in good health

As a result, if you choose to have a augmentation at this stage of your life, you are less likely to have to consider breast feeding. You are also more likely to have a better understanding of and appreciation for any potential risks and complications associated with the surgery.

Breast augmentation for women aged over 50

While you can choose to have a breast augmentation if you are aged over 50, you should bear in mind that the healing process is likely to be slower. You should ensure your health is at its best before undergoing surgery and gain a full understanding of any potential risks or complications involved with the procedure.