When the question of age and breast augmentation arises, it usually seems to focus around the growing trend of teenage girls seeking out the procedure. But there is another end of the breast augmentation spectrum—- older women undergoing the surgery to lift the bust and regain the firmer appearance and shapely silhouette that can be lost over time. Many factors can lead to sagging breast tissue. First, there’s stress and gravity, which affect all women. Then there’s motherhood—- pregnancy and breast-feeding cause significant changes in the breasts, and can cause them to sag, wrinkle, and lose their shape. Additionally, many women have experienced some form of trauma to the breasts by the age of 50, whether due to lumpectomies, mastectomies, or traumatic accidents. Women over 50 are increasingly looking to breast augmentation to reclaim a more youthful look. But this begs the question, can you be too old for breast implants?
If you are in good health, the answer is no! Women in their 50s, 60s, and 70s are achieving beautiful results with breast augmentation. In fact, many women who undergo mastectomies in these age ranges elect breast implants after the mastectomy. For other women over fifty, breast augmentation is often an excellent option because it can help boost confidence, and make a positive physical change in a part of the body that women have little control over, no matter how well they eat or exercise. It is important, however, that women over fifty have realistic expectations for their breast augmentation. The surgery will no doubt improve the appearance of your breasts, but electing breast implants will not restore breasts to the appearance they retained when you were 18.
Ultimately, determining whether or not someone is a good candidate for breast augmentation depends on the person’s overall health, not age. Because all surgeries have associated risks and side effects, good candidates will have healthy immune systems and no serious medical conditions. All women considering breast augmentation will need to discuss their medical history and medications with their plastic surgeon before the decision to undergo the surgery can be made. Additionally, you may want to consider combining a breast lift with the implants to provide a perkier appearance to your bust line.
No matter your age, if you are considering breast augmentation surgery, the first step is to find an excellent surgeon. Plastic Surgery Portal can set up your personal consultation with one of our board-certified breast surgeons. Our professionals are among the best in their field, and will help determine whether breast augmentation is the right option for you!