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Teen Breast Implants

Teen breast implants have become an increasingly popular cosmetic surgery within the last few years. According to statistics, the number of women under the age of 18 who underwent teen breast implants surgery more than tripled between 1992 and 2002. In 2002 alone 3,095 girls underwent a teen breast implants procedure, compared to 3,841 girls in 2003 who received teen breast implants. This is 24 percent increase in the number of girls who seek teen breast implants.

There are some specific issues that need to be addressed in terms of teen breast implants. The FDA urges parents and teens to educate themselves about the risks and benefits of teen breast implants before considering plastic surgery as an option. It is also vital for teens to be physically and psychologically prepared and ready to have teen breast implants. If the body has not finished developing prior to teen breast implants surgery, a woman may face additional complications thereby compromising the likelihood of a successful surgery.

Emotional Risks

Teens must also be psychologically ready for teen breast implants. A psychologically mature teen will have appropriate motives and realistic expectations for seeking teen breast implants. Teenage females have a higher rate of body image problems than any other female age group. When girls seek teen breast implants it is vital that they gain a realistic understanding of what to expect before, during, and after surgery, including the risks and complications.

Implant Life Expectancy in Teens

Many of the changes, favorable or not, that come with teen breast implants cannot be undone. Some of the unfavorable changes that occur are difficult and costly to correct. Teen breast implants are never permanent, according to the FDA, as most women will need additional surgery due to complications five to ten years after surgery. For some it is even sooner. Women who have had teen breast implants may require additional surgery because one or both of their implants has leaked, deflated, ruptured, or capsular contracture has occurred.

Aesthetic and Physical Risks and Complications

In addition to local complications from teen breast implants, there are a number of aesthetic risks involved with teen breast implants surgery. Due to surgical error or the body's unfavorable response to teen breast implants, undesirable asymmetry, puckering, dimpling, wrinkling, and scarring can occur following teen breast surgery. There are a number of physical complications that can occur with teen breast implants as well, some are temporary and others can lead to long-term or permanent problems. These teen breast implants complications can include: pain, bleeding, bruising, swelling, delayed healing, hematomas, seromas, chest wall deformity, loss of natural breast tissue, infection, loss of breast or nipple sensation, inability to breastfeed, and more.