Breast Implants as High School Graduation Gifts?

It is not unusual for parents to give their children a present to celebrate their graduation from high school. Traditionally, parents who had the means to do so often provided cars or trips abroad to their high school graduates in honor of the children’s accomplishments.

These days, however, many female high school graduates are choosing to forgo the gift of a car or vacation in favor of a trendier gift: breast augmentation surgery with breast implants. Dr. Joshua Greenwald, a leading New York City Board Certified plastic surgery specialist, discusses the advantages and possible disadvantages of providing 18-year-old females with the gift of breast enhancement.

Good Timing

One of the perks of giving the gift of breast implants right after high school graduation is that breast augmentation patients have the summer months before starting college to recuperate fully. Although the aesthetic effects of breast augmentation surgery are apparent almost immediately after surgery, it does take a few months for any residual swelling throughout the treatment area to subside and for the breast implants to settle into a more natural position. By gifting breast implants at the beginning of summer, patients can feel assured that their new figure will be ready to debut by fall registration.

Also, the summer break between graduating high school and starting college marks a new beginning for many patients who may not know anyone at their new school. This gives breast enhancement patients a chance to make an entirely new impression at the start of the university school year.

A Lifelong Commitment

However, enhancing the breasts with implants is a lifelong commitment. Breast implants should generally be replaced every 10 to 15 years. Thus, anyone who undergoes breast augmentation surgery should be prepared to commit to the periodic breast imaging exams and maintenance that having breast implants entails.

A board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Greenwald can properly determine whether someone understands the potential risks, rewards and commitment associated with breast augmentation and is therefore a suitable candidate for the procedure. To determine if your daughter could benefit from breast enhancement surgery, it is best to make a consultation appointment for her to discuss the procedure in detail with an experienced plastic surgeon.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Greenwald, please contact his practice by calling (914) 421-0113 of (212) 518-1642.