A growing number of college-aged women are opting for breast augmentation surgery. If you are unhappy with the size and shape of your own breasts, you might be considering this approach yourself. But is breast augmentation in your late teens or early 20s really a smart choice? That depends on the person. Weigh these pros and cons as you decide if implants are right for you.
Pro: Breast implants may give you greater confidence as you enter a career field.
You're in college now, but within a few short years, you will be entering the workforce. Finding a good job and getting established in your career often comes down to confidence. If your displeasure with your breasts has resulted in low self-confidence, then an implant surgery could give you the confidence you need to push forward in your career. You probably have more time now to schedule and recover from surgery than you will during your first few years as a working professional, so getting the surgery done while you're still in college may be wise.
Con: Breast implant surgery can put you on the sidelines from sports and other physical activities.
If you are a student athlete or an otherwise active person, you may want to re-think getting breast augmentation surgery right now. You will need at least a few weeks to heal before you can start participating in physical activity again, and even after that, you may need a few months to adapt to the weight of your implants before you really feel comfortable jumping and running around.
Pro: Breast implant surgery can help clothing fit better.
As you move on from college, your wardrobe is probably going to change. Say goodbye leggings and baggy sweatshirts, and hello to tailored suit coats and dress shirts. If you are very flat-chested, you may struggle to find professional apparel that fits you. Getting implants may help make shopping easier and will help you feel better in this stylish clothing, too.
Con: Breast implant surgery can be costly.
In 2016, breast implant surgery cost an average of $3,719. If you are a college student on a tight budget, coming up with this amount of money can be tough. You could put the surgery on a credit card or take out a loan, but if you already have a lot of student debt, this may not be the smartest choice financially.
Talk to a cosmetic surgeon in the area to learn more about breast implants and whether they are right for you.