We consider a few factors when qualifying a patient for plastic surgery. For example, it is crucial that patients be in good health overall, without any underlying conditions that could stymy their ability to heal. It is also important for patients to have realistic expectations, both about their procedure and their long-term results.
Still, another factor is age. We sometimes hear from patients who wonder if they are too old for plastic surgery. Alternatively, some patients wonder if they are too young. Today we will consider this second question, specifically covering the minimum age requirements for having a plastic surgery procedure.
What Does the Law Say?
A good place to begin is with legal considerations. In most states, you must be over the age of 18 in order to have plastic surgery performed. Those under 18 may qualify for surgery, but only with express consent from their parents.
There are additional age restrictions placed on certain types of plastic surgery. For example, certain types of breast implants (such as implants filled with silicone) are only allowable for patients who are 22 or older.