More high school graduates want breast implants

AUSTIN, TEXAS (KXAN) - If you’re a parent of a soon-to-be-high school grad, then you've probably been inundated with graduation gift ideas from your teen.

But what if your daughter asked you for breast implants? It’s becoming a more popular request from high school seniors.

Experts say for many young women it’s about timing: they want to get a new look before starting college in the fall.

But there some things parents need to consider before paying for the operation:

- 17-and-18-year-olds may not be psychologically ready for the surgical procedure

- Implants are a lifetime commitment that must be replaced every 10 to 15 years

- Only a board-certified surgeon can decide whether a teen is a good candidate

The number of teens receiving implants is still low. According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 3,000 augmentations were performed on females age 18 or younger last year.

That’s just 1.1% of the total number of procedures done.

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