American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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3 years ago

Should I have a breast lift at 18?

I'm 18 and thinking about getting a boob lift. I have no problem with the size of my boobs (I wear a 32D), but I'm insecure about how saggy they are. I'm pretty sure my boobs haven't changed in size for a couple of years now, so I would say I've finished development, I guess.

Is it appropriate to get a lift at this age? Would it not be as effective because I'm young? If so, how long should I wait?

Procedure: Breast Lift
Location: Roselle Park, NJ

Replies 5

Steven Wallach
ASPS Surgeon
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18 is a bit young, but a lift can be performed at any time. The size of your breast may be contributing to the sag so based upon an exam, you might consider a small reduction too. Best of luck.

Lori Cherup
ASPS Surgeon

GABRIELA: There are just some young woman who never develop full perky breasts- of any size- and they just grow down. You may be one of these I see all the time. There is nothing wrong with having a breast lift, or mastopexy, at your age. As long as you understand, you will have to control your weight, your pregnancy weight gains, and your breast support- the rest of your life. For if there is one thing the world can count on- women's breasts will change as they age. GO FOR IT- find a compassionate board-certified surgeon near your town , and be willing to spend a small chunk of money, for no insurance will pay for this surgery. Every young woman I have done feels it was well worth the investment.

Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your question. Without photographs it is difficult to offer the best advice but it is not unheard of for an 18 year old to receive a lift, especially in cases where a reduction is also needed. Some women have excess breast skin or stretch marks that allows their breasts to sag sooner than others and a lift may be a good option. Hope this helps.

Robin Sykes
ASPS Surgeon

At 18, you are an adult and can decide this for yourself. However, bear in mind that you have a lot of years and body changes ahead of you, including pregnacy and weight gain (the average person gains a pound a year after age 25), which may contribute to even more breast tissue over time. Also, you will have scars of some sort, which will be permanent, and their appearance is really impossible to predict. Also, even the best breast lift will tend to develop some sagging with time. So I suggest you weigh these things and get some professional opinions about the surgery and the scars which will result, and make your decision based on these things. Good luck!

Robert Tornambe
ASPS Surgeon

I appreciate your concern Gabriella, and you probably have stopped growing and have achieved full maturity. For that reason breast lift may be an option for you, however it is best to seek out the opinion of a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area for an in person or virtual consultation to further explore the best options for you. Good luck!


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