I’m a Teenager Considering Breast Implants. What Should I Know to Help Me Decide?


Here are a few things to consider as you are making a decision about getting breast implants:

  • Teenagers are not finished developing. Breasts can develop during the late teens and early 20s. Implants could interfere with your normal development, or the resulting size and shape could be not at all what was intended as the breasts continue to develop.
  • The body you wish you had in your teens might not the body you’re going to want in your 20s. 
  • Teenagers are often self-conscious about how they look. It’s never good enough! The odds are that you will feel a lot better about your body just a couple of years later, even without any cosmetic surgery. In fact, women who have breast implants tend to feel worse about themselves. You can read more here.
  • Some women do fine with breast implants while others have complications or health problems that can make them so sick that they call implants “the worst decision I ever made.” Before you decide, make sure you understand the risks and complications of breast implants.

Click here to read about a woman who got her implants when she was young and what she thinks about them today. Click here to read other brief stories written by women who have had breast implants.

All articles are reviewed and approved by Diana Zuckerman, PhD, and other senior staff.