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A woman's breasts can continue to grow until her late teens or early 20s. For that reason, the FDA requires that women be at least 18 years old to get saline-filled implants, which are filled with sterile salt water (saline). She must be at least 22 to get silicone implants, which are filled with a plastic gel (silicone) and which can pose more harm in case of a leak.

SOURCES:  FDA: "Breast Implant Questions and Answers" and "FDA Breast Implant Consumer Handbook." 

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Breast Augmentation."  Nelson, R.  , 2006.  Wilkins, E.G. , June 2004.  American Cancer Society.  News release, FDA.



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SOURCES:  FDA: "Breast Implant Questions and Answers" and "FDA Breast Implant Consumer Handbook." 

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Breast Augmentation."  Nelson, R.  , 2006.  Wilkins, E.G. , June 2004.  American Cancer Society.  News release, FDA.



The Lancet OncologyWomen's Oncology Review

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 25, 2019

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