Summary: Breast augmentation can be a transformative procedure, and that can mean positive life changes as well (boosts in confidence and self-esteem are not uncommon). But it also raises questions about when, exactly, is the best time to get a breast augmentation procedure.

Your life can be chaotic, no matter how old you are. So when is the best time to get a breast augmentation procedure? Now, when patients ask that question, they could be referring to what time of year—that is, should one get a breast augmentation in summer or winter? But they may also mean it in a broader sense: should you get a breast augmentation when you’re a little bit younger or a little bit older? Sometimes the decision can be a little paralyzing.

It should come as little surprise that the answers to these questions can be highly individualized. Much will depend on your own personal perspective and your own desired results (not to mention your body, how it responds to healing, and what kind of recovery posse you can round up).

But there are definitely some things everyone should think about when planning when to get their breast augmentation procedure. We’ll take a look at the factors that might play a role in determining, for you, the best time to get a breast augmentation procedure. Because when it comes right down to it—the best time might be right now.

Thinking in the Short Term: Seasons and Your Breast Augmentation

In general, the best time to get plastic surgery is usually the fall or winter months. This is because heat and recovery don’t necessarily go well together. Heat, after all, puts some stress on your body (this is why recovering by the poolside is not necessarily a good idea). There’s also the fair-weather factor. Many people want to spend the summer months being active and engaging in typical summer activities. This can be difficult if you’ve got to spend a few weeks refraining from strenuous movements.

On the other hand, for some patients summer makes the perfect opportunity because it’s easy to get time off of work (or to claim that your surgical recovery days are “vacation” so people don’t get any ideas). In other words, summer months are often that time of year when people have disposable paid time off or can make surgeries work—so, for them, it really is the best time of year to have a breast augmentation. (I told you it would depend on the individual.)

Long Term: Younger or Older

There’s also quite a bit of discussion as to whether you should get a breast augmentation when you’re younger or wait until you’re a bit older. Sometimes, this is framed as, should you get a breast augmentation before or after having babies (of course, this assumes that all women are concerned with having babies… which isn’t necessarily a correct assumption). But either way, this is a legitimate discussion.

Much of the answer will depend on whether you’re looking to augment or rejuvenate. As with the rest of the body, the breasts have a habit of, well, aging. Gravity pulls them down, changes the orientation, and all kinds of things happen. In this way, a breast augmentation (combined with a lift) can help you look youthful and perky again.

On the flip side, an augmentation while you’re young will increase the apparent size of your busy—which may be the look you’re after. According to the website of the Twin Cities breast surgery experts at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, it won’t necessarily be harder to go bigger as you get older, but many patients feel as though the time to enjoy larger breasts is when you’re young.

So the answer to the younger/older question will depend greatly on your own personal preferences and goals.

The First Step is Talking to a Surgeon

I hope I haven’t tricked anyone into thinking that this short article should be your only source of information when it comes to answering this question. In fact, if you have more questions about when you should plan your breast augmentation, your first stop should really be the plastic surgeon’s office. Most surgeons offer a free consultation, and during that consultation you can talk about your desired results and the best way to achieve them. For some, that will mean full speed ahead. For others, that will mean a more patient approach.

But one thing to keep in mind is that breast augmentation is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures on the planet. That means that many people who have these same questions about “when” find acceptable and wonderful answers. This procedure helps many people finally feel comfortable with their bodies.

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