Am I Too Young For Breast Implants?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in breast implants. I am 19 years old and currently an A-cup, I would like to go up to a B or maybe even C-cup. Am I too young for this procedure? And what is the average overall cost?

A: You are not too young for breast augmentation. As long as you are 18 years of age and can make an informed and educated decision, you may get breast implants. The one cavest is that you must get saline implants and not silicone gel implants. As of 2006, a patient has to be 22 years of age to be eligible for any type of silicone gel breast implants per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the manufacturers. What size you should increase your breasts to is a personal one. While you think about breast size in cups, plastic surgeons think about breast size in volume. (ccs) Trying to figure out volume:cup size is an art form in any patient and not an exact science. This is why I prefer to use an anatomical breast implant volume sizer system which is very accurate in terms of helping you get the breast size you desire.

The total cost for saline breast augmentation is in the range of $3800 to $4000.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana