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Is Teenage Breast Enlargement Appropriate

November 7th, 2012

Breast implants are approved for use in America by the FDA (Federal Drug Administration).     In fact, all medical implants are regulated by the FDA.  However, FDA approval comes with “use limitations” or guidelines for appropriate usage.  The trend toward younger and younger patients considering cosmetic surgery is troubling.  Unfortunately good judgement is sometimes lacking when teens consider having breast enlargement surgery.

The key limitation which impacts any young woman under the age of 18 and the decision to have breast enlargement surgery are the FDA age restrictions.   Saline breast implants can be used for cosmetic breast enlargement surgery at age 18.   Silicone gel breast implants on the other hand, can only be used for cosmetic breast enlargement surgery at the age of 22.   These age restrictions are in place based on the FDA’s evaluation of each implant type.   According to the FDA, “FDA restricts the marketing of breast implants for augmentation to women of a minimum age because young women’s breasts continue to develop through their late teens and early 20s and because there is a concern that young women may not be mature enough to make an informed decision about the potential risks.”   Johnson & Johnson (formerly Mentor) and Allergan (formerly Inamed) package inserts reflect the age limitations in their package inserts.   In addition, both the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) and ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery)  back the FDA’s age restrictions.

I believe that the age restriction is based on sound recommendations and as a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and a member of the societies above, I follow these guidelines.

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Dr. Bashioum Exceeds Patient Expectations

June 13th, 2012

Kristina writes about her surgery with Dr. Bashioum:

I want to thank Dr. Bashioum and all his staff for everything they have done for me. I had breast augmentation (enlargement) surgery 2 weeks ago and just had my post op follow up appointment today. Everything is going perfect! I had been contemplating having this surgery for 6 years and I finally got the courage to go ahead with it. I was referred to the Bashioum Cosmetic Surgery Center by a former employee and a friend who had the same surgery. As soon as I walked into the clinic I got a “good vibe.” The entire experience  from my initial consultation, to trying on sizes 4 different times prior to surgery, to the day of surgery and now, has exceeded my expectations. The entire staff is so friendly and always knows who I am when I call in. The staff made me feel so comfortable the day of surgery.  

All in all, I am grateful to everyone. I am very pleased with my results and it has only been 2 weeks since my surgery. I appreciate the care and knowledge that they have and I would recommend anyone who is considering cosmetic surgery to improve himself or herself to see Dr. Bashioum.  

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