While many women opt to have breast augmentation surgery in their twenties, thirties, or forties, there is no age restriction as to when to have this transformative enhancement. We see a trend of more mature women seeking breast implant surgery to enhance their figure and improve their lives. 

Older women may have different objectives for this operation than their younger counterparts. Here are some special considerations for breast augmentation in older patients.

Your Goals 

To determine if breast augmentation is right for you, you should first consider your goals. Are you trying to look younger, sculpt your body, or boost your self-esteem? Breast implants are designed to increase firmness and shape, along with size.  

If you are happy with the current size of your breasts but concerned about sagging, you may need a standalone breast lift instead of implants. When size, firmness, and elevation are problems, then a breast lift with implants can have a significant impact on your breast appearance and self-confidence. 

Unfortunately, some women need plastic and reconstruction surgery because of a mastectomy due to breast cancer. This requires special attention that only a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon can provide.

Size & Shape

The size and projection of your implants play a key role in how they affect your appearance and daily life. It’s important that you get this decision right to avoid the need for revision surgery or complications such as neck and back pain. 

Breast weight is supported by the back and the neck. If there is too much weight in your chest area, you could be facing pain in your back, shoulders, or neck down the road. Also, if you are an active person or regularly participate in activities such as golf, running, or some other sports, large implants can impede your performance and enjoyment.

Potential Concerns

It is important that you are in good general health before undergoing breast surgery. During your consultation, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Dreyfuss will discuss your preexisting health conditions and any concerns you have.

Also, your skin health must be taken into consideration, as this is of vital importance to determine how well your tissue can support the implants. Healthy, supple skin is crucial for long-lasting results. Aging, skin does not heal as well as younger skin, which may make the risk of looseness or scarring more prominent. Dr. Dreyfuss discusses these subjects in detail during your consultation. 

It is important that you get regular mammograms.  While most implants do not interfere with mammograms, you should tell your radiologist that you have implants so he or she can make the proper preparations for useful imaging. 

No matter your age, if you are considering breast augmentation, you should have all the information available to ensure it’s the best path for you to take. Most patients do quite a bit of research about the procedure, the surgeon, and the expected outcomes. Realistic expectations are necessary for you to be happy with your results. There are many factors that should be considered to make the best decisions and give you optimal results to best enhance your life, and Dr. Dreyfuss can help to guide you through every step of the process. 

To learn more about breast surgery, call 815-806-9400 Dr. Dreyfuss at or schedule a consultation today.

Breast augmentation is still one of the more popular cosmetic surgeries performed today with hundreds of thousands of women in the United States receiving implants annually. As implants’ material and technology improving, demand for the procedure is predicted to stay strong. 

Building upon breast implant procedures 50 years in the making, medical manufacturers have been developing extraordinary technology that lowers risk and avoids complications while delivering more options with better outcomes. 

More Implant Options

When breast implant surgeries began in the 1960s, the only real choice for breast implants was to increase size. Silicone implants were not available; smooth saline implants were the only game in town. In 2006, silicone implants gained FDA approval, which triggered a flurry of research and development, resulting in significant advancements. 

Anatomically contoured “gummy bear” implants are the newest implant type. Distinguished by its more cohesive silicone gel, these implants do not leak when their shell is ruptured. Many plastic surgeons and patients alike believe these produce better outcomes when compared to traditional silicone implants with a fill that’s more liquid. Available in multiple shapes and sizes, gummy bear implants accommodate any body type. 

Advanced Surgical Techniques

The increased efficiency of today’s breast augmentation operations means less downtime and more comfortable recovery. In years past, surgeons would create a pocket to insert the implant using techniques which could cause damage to breast muscle and tissue. Currently, techniques are more precise, resulting in less postoperative pain, less bleeding, and shorter recovery. With the inception of the Keller Funnel, an FDA-approve device which allows for a “no-touch” technique with shorter incisions, recovery is easier and shorter for the patient. 

3-D Previews

Advanced technology also offers 3-D imaging, which gives the patient a preview of her results. This step has increased patient satisfaction with their outcomes. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David Dreyfuss relies on this advanced tool to help his patients visualize what the procedure can do for them. It is significantly better than the previous attempts at predicting outcomes like using a stuffed nylon stocking or placing implants under the bra. In addition to the inclusion of all shapes, sizes, and manufacturers, the 3-D preview system can display differences in the symmetry and volume between a patient’s current breasts and those they will get surgically. 

A Better Understand of Complications

Researchers are cracking the risks related to breast augmentation surgery, specifically capsular contracture. This complication occurs when scar tissue hardens around the implants, causing discomfort and sometimes displacement. Although surgeons are not sure what causes this problem, researchers have made significant advances in identifying several factors that may be linked with capsular contracture. They include:

  • Submuscular vs. subglandular placement: Evidence reveals breast implant placement under the pectoral muscles develops less capsular contracture than implants placed above the muscle. 
  • Oversized implants: Research reveals that implants which aren’t proportionate to a patient’s body are more likely to develop extensive scar tissue. 
  • Smoking: Doctors today are now able to warn their smoking patients of the risks they’re more likely to encounter, including capsular contracture. With more people stopping smoking, better surgical outcomes have followed. 
  • Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon: The beginning of breast implant surgery saw family physicians and other unspecialized health practitioners trying their hands at breast augmentation surgery. Today’s standards and rules help keep the complex surgeries in the trained plastic surgeon’s offices. Plastic surgeons often undergo 14 years of schooling and training (residencies) before opening their own practices. To stay sharp and aware of the most current procedures, surgeons must undergo continuing education to keep their board-certification. 


Strict rules have also lead to surgeons operating only in fully accredited facilities that insist on strict infection protocols. 

As the advances in breast augmentation materials and techniques continue, so does the popularity of the procedure. If you’re interested in breast augmentation, a breast lift or reduction, do not hesitate to call the offices of Dr. David Dreyfuss at 815-806-9400. You can also schedule our consultation and ask your questions via our online form. We’ll make sure to get back to you quickly!

With so many women choosing breast augmentation to enhance their figure and improve breast appearance, medical technology continues to advance the surgery to make the procedure safer with best results. However, an area of concern for many patients is the recovery. Women considering the operation ask us questions ranging from time off from work to when they can return to the gym. Another popular topic they want to discuss is their sleep position.

Back, Side, or Tummy?

Proper healing after surgery requires plenty of rest. Interrupted sleep through the night can be frustrating and possibly unhealthy. It is vital to get enough sleep to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but it is critical to sleep uninterrupted after surgery. For women who are most comfortable sleeping on their belly, this may prove challenging following breast augmentation. Although you can relax on your tummy right after breast surgery, there are several reasons why this may not work out. These include:

  • Most likely, it will be uncomfortable or possibly painful. Sleeping on your stomach will put too much pressure on your breasts right after surgery.
  • There’s a slight chance your implants may not have adequately settled and you sleeping on them too soon may prevent them from falling in place correctly.

Although Dr. Dreyfuss recommends sleeping on your back for the first few weeks after surgery, don’t get too concerned if you turn to your side or tummy during the night. Lying on your stomach for a few hours shouldn’t cause any significant problem. But, if it hurts to sleep on your side or tummy, get back (sorry for being redundant) on your back.

Sleeping on Your Tummy

Some women find it comfortable to sleep on their stomach after having the surgery, but others may find the complete opposite. Some patients return to snoozing belly down with their heads buried in the pillows, while others settle into sleeping on their side or back after healing is complete. Whichever way is fine. Once the incisions are healed, and the implants settle, there is no risk with whatever position you choose.

Keep in mind your surgeon knows what’s best for you. So, any specific instructions he may give you, follow because recovery varies from patient to patient. The best rules to follow involve listening to your surgeon and your body!

Sleeping Tips

Surgeons recommend you sleep on your back for as long as possible. You may use pillows to elevate your back to support the weight of your implants. When it’s comfortable, you can graduate to your side. What’s important is to get your body as comfortable as possible to get the sleep you need.

Although there are no rules engraved in stone to follow concerning your sleep position after breast surgery, we offer these tips; you may find them helpful in getting a good night sleep.

  • Don’t sleep on your stomach for the first few weeks.
  • Use a pillow wedged under your side to keep you in place.
  • Sleep at an elevated angle, half sitting up. This position relieves pressure from the incision. Find a wedge pillow made for this specifically.
  • Wear a compression bra to help reduce pressure on the incision.
  • If you experience any abnormal pain, contact your doctor immediately.

Remember, the healing process requires sleep. These tips should help you get the proper rest you need to recover fully.

To learn more about breast augmentation surgery and recovery, call us at 815-806-9400 or Contact Us Today!


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When considering breast augmentation to improve your body outline, there are several factors to consider. Just as important as choosing the right plastic surgeon, is to select the right size of the implant. With so many journals and blog posts focusing on the “too large” choices of the last century, many women find out after surgery they went too small. The time, money, and physical sacrifice made to achieve their dream size can feel wasted when the results are underwhelming. Many times, these unsatisfactory results have the patient back in the surgery room seeking the implants they should have chosen the first time.

Why Women Choose Too Small

The swing from choosing implants too large may have gone too far in the other direction. Women learned in the early years of breast implants that going big to increase size is not always the best choice. Breast implants which are too large for the patient’s body type can cause problems like back pain, less mobility, and a breast contour which does not fit the rest of the patient’s body. Also, an unnatural appearance is what many women today want to avoid. They hear the feedback of other women, perhaps their mothers or aunts, who have less than stellar results to share about their procedure. As a result of these concerns, many women are too conservative when choosing their breast implants.

Underestimating the Size

To compensate for the mistakes made by others, many women go too small. From a plastic surgeon’s perception, aesthetic improvement is more than providing enhanced shapes or improved appearances. It’s more about increasing the patient’s self-esteem and quality of life. This concept is why a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David Dreyfuss uses his consultations as a process to ensure his breast augmentation patients choose the best size for them. His goal is to select the perfect implant which will provide his patients with comfortable, eye-pleasing results. He wants to make sure that when individuals go through the physical, mental, and financial sacrifices necessary for breast augmentation, their results are pleasing, not underwhelming.

Finding the Right Size

At Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery, we understand how a successful breast enhancement can be a life-changing event. With the concerns associated with a breast augmentation and its results, we strive to make your experience is flawless. Also, for women who are not happy with the results of prior breast surgery and want correction, we offer secondary breast augmentation as well. Our primary focus is to ensure our patients achieve the results which will enhance their figure, help fill out those favorite outfits, and increase self-confidence and esteem.

Give It a Lift

There are times when size is not the biggest issue with breast appearance. Location and elevation can give your breasts a deflated appearance. A breast lift will elevate natural tissues to their youthful perkiness, reviving a woman’s breast projection. Dr. Dreyfuss performs breast lift as a standalone procedure, or he can combine it with a breast augmentation.

If you are looking to improve your breast contours or are not satisfied with the results of a previous procedure, Dr. Dreyfuss and his team are ready to help. Contact us today to schedule a discreet consultation.

Many patients recovering from breast augmentation find their inactivity can make them restless. They understand how important it is for the body to heal correctly, but as their energy renews many women are anxious to get back to their workout schedule. Here are some helpful hints with a timeline of how ease back into your exercise routine. 

Don’t Over Do It

The biggest concern with breast implants especially with those placed under the pectoral muscle is overusing this muscle too soon. It needs time to heal correctly to avoid the risk of capsular contracture. This complication can cause an irregular shape and give the implant a rock-hard feel. When considering working out the upper body, the goal should be to allow the implant placement area to heal where it won’t become prominent.

Here is a general outline of returning to your workout after surgery safely. However, you must remember each patient is unique, and a distinctive recovery plan may be necessary.

First Five Days

Initially, rest is critical after surgery. You may move around some but limit it to mild walking. This walk may be as short as from the couch to the refrigerator, or from the bedroom to the bathroom when necessary. This alone may wear you out for the first couple of days after surgery.

Next Six to Ten Days

Light cardio with walking. This can include getting outdoors if it’s not too hot, choosing the cooler parts of the day during the summer. Keep the pace slow and don’t elevate the heart rate to keep the risk of infection and inflammation low. Also, the implants must settle on their own and not with the help of a fast-paced walk.

Weeks Three to Four

You should feel your energy level getting back to normal, and with Dr. Dreyfuss’s approval, you can increase your activity level. A low-impact cardio like jogging at a 50 – 70% of your normal pace may be appropriate. Machines like stationary bikes or elliptical machines are good options as well.

Your leg routine may resume if you start with body weight only. You should avoid using weights (including dumbbells) with squats.

Biceps and triceps training is okay with limited weight and working out your lower abdominals is acceptable as well. 

Suggested Exercises

Here are some exercises you  may find useful to help get you back in shape after your breast augmentation surgery.


  • Lunges – walking, side, single leg, and backward
  • Presses – close stance, wide stance, and normal stance
  • Extensions
  • Pistol Squats
  • Abductor
  • Standing Hamstring Curl
  • Butt Lifts
  • Hyperextension
  • Step ups (no weights)
  • Calf raises – toes forward, toes in, and toes out

Upper Body

  • Hammer Curls
  • Bicep Curls
  • Cable Curls
  • Single Arm Preacher
  • Triceps Pushdowns
  • Reverse Grip Triceps Pushdowns


  • Scissor Kicks
  • Leg Raises
  • Pulse Ups
  • Flutter Kicks
  • Frog Presses
  • Reverse Crunches
  • Ins and Outs

Again, you should not engage in any exercise during your breast augmentation recovery without the permission from Dr. Dreyfuss first.

Seek Professional Guidance

There are professional trainers and physical therapists who are familiar with recovery routines for breast augmentation, however, your program should be approved by Dr. Dreyfuss first. Many patients enjoy having someone to help them in their workout routines while others are fine on their own. Whatever your preference, make sure you discuss in detail what you are doing and what you plan to do with Dr. Dreyfuss. 

Learn More

For more information about workout routines after breast augmentation, contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Dreyfuss today.

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Breast augmentations are one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the US. This procedure is so popular because it is safe, effective and customizable to the individual. There are many choices to consider when thinking about breast augmentation and we have broken down the most important ones for you below! If you would like to get more details about this procedure, schedule a consultation or contact us here!

When it comes to breast augmentation, there are a lot of decisions you need to make beyond size, including:

  • Material: Silicone or Saline
  • Shape: Round or Teardrop
  • Placement: Under or Above Muscle
  • Incision: Under the Breast or Around the Nipple
  • Surgeon: Should always be Board-Certified & Experienced

A big decision in planning for breast enhancement surgery is to choose between silicone or saline breast implants. There are benefits to both, and you should decide on the implant which will work best for you. The purpose of this information provided is to help you choose the best implant design for your unique lifestyle and body.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline implants consist of a silicone shell which is inserted empty then inflated with a saline solution after proper placement. The position can be either above or below the pectoralis muscle. Saline is a salt water solution which is similar to a natural fluid found in the body.

The surface of the saline implant is either textured or smooth with the implant itself varying in shape, profile, shell thickness, and volume. One advantage of the saline implant is the amount of fluid can be calibrated easily to ensure the best volume and firmness possible after placement.

Advantages of Saline Implants

  • Ability to increase or decrease volume after placement
  • Silicone shell filled with a salt-water solution which is very close a natural body fluid found in your body
  • Ruptures are easier to detect
  • Smaller incision required than with silicone
  • Cost is less than Silicone Implants

Disadvantages of Saline Implants

  • Rippling is more common than with Silicone implants
  • Firmer feel than natural breast
  • Does not have the natural look or feel of a Silicone implant


Most patients who choose saline implants do so because they believe it is safer, in the rare event of a rupture, because of the harmless saline solution and their ability to provide early detection. The main drawback, however, is they lack the natural feel and look of normal breasts. Also, for patients with little breast tissue, rippling is a concern.

The FDA recommends patients be 18 years or older for Saline Implants.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone implants consist of a durable silicone shell filled with a cohesive silicone gel which has the feel of natural breast tissue. These implants are available in round and anatomic (teardrop) shape with textured or smooth surfaces. Most silicone implants are not adjustable, so, the incision used to insert the breast implant is larger than what is necessary for saline implants. Unlike saline implants, the size is permanent and not adjustable.

Some surgeons recommend silicone implants for women with little breast tissue to hide the implant. If the patient has enough breast tissue to cover the implant, the outcome will be comparable with saline or silicone implants. When the patient has little body fat and a small amount of breast tissue, the silicone implants can provide a more natural result. A recommendation will come during a breast augmentation consultation.

Silicone Breast Implant advantages:

  • Suitable for any body type
  • Less chance of rippling
  • Will not leak if ruptured
  • Predictable outcome with a set volume amount
  • Patients with little breast tissue can still have a natural breast feel and appearance
  • Feels much like the natural breast
  • A skilled surgeon can place breast implant with Areolar (nipple incision), inframammary (under the breast fold) or trans-axillary (under the armpit)


  • Rupture hard to detect without MRI
  • Larger incisions necessary
  • Higher cost
  • Larger implant may eliminate some incision techniques


Many patients choose silicone because it has a more natural feel and look than its saline alternative. MRIs are recommended three years after surgery and every two years afterward to find any possible leaks or ruptures.

The FDA recommends patients should be 22 years or older for Silicone Implants.

Silicone Versus Saline Implants

A major concern with many breast augmentation patients is the risk of rupture. An advantage the saline implant has is it will deflate immediately making the rupture obvious to the patient. Also, with the saline solution very close to a natural body fluid, there is no issue other than aesthetic.

Implants may rupture because of capsular contracture or physical trauma. Capsular contracture is a response of the body’s immune system to foreign objects like breast implants. Because silicone implants are filled with a gel type filling, it is harder to determine when or if a rupture occurs. Therefore, we recommend a periodic MRI to make sure everything is OK with the silicone implant.

Making the Decision

There is a lot to process when deciding on the optimal breast implant for your surgery. The right choice is available when you consider your body type, desired outcome, and who will perform the surgery. At Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery, we take the time to listen to what you want and hear all your concerns. Dr. Dreyfuss will provide his professional recommendation based on his training and vast experience with breast surgery.

To learn more about choosing the right breast implant, contact us to schedule a breast augmentation consultation.

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Okay, we know an Arctic blast is affecting much of the Midwest this winter. We understand the last thing women are thinking about now is slipping on their bathing suit or into their favorite summer dress. But we also understand a girl must prepare to look her best when the attire is more revealing. That’s why it’s not too early for you to start preparing for your summer body.

And a great way to do just that is to consider enhancing your breasts. If you have been unsatisfied with your breast appearance due to weight fluctuation, childbearing, or genetics, breast augmentation surgery can be the solution to your problem. With today’s technology, technique, and products, having the breasts you dreamed about is possible with minimal risk and great results.

Advanced Technology

Since 1964, silicone breast implants have come a long way. Today, advanced technology, safer implants, and innovative tools enable Dr. Dreyfuss to offer more natural-looking outcomes, while reducing complications, risks, and recovery time.

Although the implants of yesteryear had made many women pause when considering breast augmentation, those days are long gone. With the advent of the gummy bear implant (silicone implants which hold their shape) and other advancements, women have a more favorable opportunity than their mothers and grandmothers. The rare risk of leakage and a natural feel has attracted many patients to move forward with the procedure.

Additionally, advanced surgical technique and optimal incision placement have reduced many of the complications such as capsular contraction and scarring.

Technology advances include:

  • Ultrasound:  An MRI used to be the most common procedure to determine the breast’s health and proper implant type. However, today, an ultrasound is a less costly and less-invasive alternative which can help Dr. Dreyfuss examine the breast tissue surrounding the implant for quicker results.
  • Incision Technology: Improved technology and technique have greatly reduced the risk of scarring and improved the sensation in the breast tissue and nipple. Additionally, advanced therapeutic techniques make wound healing faster and reduce the visibility of scars.
  • Improved Tools: Modern technology provides several advanced tools which aid Dr. Dreyfuss in breast implant placement. For example, the Keller Funnel enables breast implant placement without Dr. Dreyfuss having to touch them. This tool allows for smaller incisions, less bruising and swelling, and reduced risk of infection.

Planning Your Summer Body

It’s important for women desiring breast enhancement to have a plan. Here are some important things to consider before having breast surgery:

Allow Adequate Time for Surgery and Recovery

Candidates must understand it may take weeks to recover from a surgical procedure like breast augmentation — plus more time for the results to look great and stabilize. To guarantee you are summer wear ready, give yourself time to recover from the procedure.

Hide Bruising, Swelling, and Incisions

Cold temperatures are perfect for recovery. It gives the patient an excuse to wear layers like jackets, sweaters, and overcoats. These added layers will help camouflage swelling, support garments, bandages, and healing incisions. Winter allows your body a period to fly under the radar while recovering.

Hibernate with No Guilt

Outdoor activities are not as frequent here in the Chicago area during the winter months. This break will allow you to avoid public outings while you heal. It will also allow you to avoid sun exposure which is not good for incision healing. It’s a great time to hibernate without much notice.

Also, with all the holiday festivities done and dusted for the year, the upcoming months are a great time to book surgery.

Benefits of breast augmentation surgery:

  • Aesthetic Benefits: Breast augmentation improves the feminine figure by reshaping your bust line, enhancing your breast size, and improving your body shape and contour. It enhances your body’s profile and defines curves leading to a more sensual presence. A perky and firm bust will enhance your summer wardrobe to be more striking and expressive.


  • Physical benefits: Breast Augmentation will also provide breasts which are more consistent with your body type. Optimal size and shape will allow for more symmetry and firmness which may diminish because of pregnancy, weight fluctuation, breastfeeding, or a mastectomy. It may also be more comfortable to have breasts which aptly fit your body.


  • Psychological benefits: Emotional improvement emerges because a younger and more feminine appearance will improve any woman’s confidence and self-esteem. This benefit will become abundantly clear during the warmer months when the improved body contour is evident in summer clothes and swimsuits.


  • Personal and social benefits: many studies have indicated a woman who has breast augmentation will experience improvement in their personal lives and relationships. Their social life will be better because they become more outgoing and confident. This benefit can affect their personal as well as professional relationships. Their social and professional opportunities will greatly improve.

Summarily, breast implant surgery is beneficial for every facet of a woman’s life.

 You May Need a Lift

A breast lift is a procedure which is designed to elevate breasts which droop or point downward. To determine if you need a breast lift simply look to see if your nipples are below your natural breast crease. A breast lift can be done concurrently with breast augmentation to improve breast firmness, size, shape, and elevation.

Book a Consultation

So, for more information about how you can start preparing for your Summer Body, please contact us for a consultation.

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Whenever there’s an age-related question concerning breast augmentation, it always seems to focus on young women. The truth is, older women are seeking the surgery more than ever before because they want to regain the curves they used to have.

Getting breast augmentation in your 50s comes with different dynamics. Today, there are more and more women in their 50s that get breast augmentation. Their bodies have changed, and they have seen the benefits of implants during their more mature years when age, skin laxity, and gravity have affected them. Breast augmentation allows women of more mature years to age more gracefully.

What Happened to Your Breasts?

Several factors lead to sagging breast tissue. Stress, gravity, motherhood, and breastfeeding may cause significant changes to the shape and size of the breast. Other changes such as sagging, lumpectomies, mastectomies, or trauma have led to an unprecedented amount of women in their 50s who decide to get breast augmentation. So, that raises the question: what’s the right age to get breast implants?

Are You Too Old?

The answer is simple: adult women in good health can get breast implants at any time. Many older women realize amazing results with breast implants. Some women over 50 opt for breast implants after their mastectomy. Other simply choose breast augmentation for a boost in self-confidence and to make a positive physical change.

It’s a Different World with Breast Implants

In the past, women had limited options with breast augmentation; round, saline implants used to dominate the marketplace. Today, there is a selection of saline or silicone breast implants that are more in tune with natural body types.

Advancements in breast implant technology and surgical procedures have led to more women being open with the procedure because they offered better results and safer surgical techniques.

But Is It Right for You?

Older women should understand what breast augmentation can do for them. Realistic expectations will dictate that although their breast appearance will improve, breast implants will not restore the breasts they had when they were 21.

To determine if you are a good candidate, you need to consider your health – not your age! Because breast augmentation is surgery and all surgeries have a certain amount of risk, you should have a healthy immune system and no serious medical conditions.

You should be honest to your surgeon about the state of your health. You should be prepared to discuss your medical history and any prescribed medication you take presently.

Breast Lift

Most women over the age of 40 require a breast lift. Combining a breast lift with breast augmentation is quite common, and they allow women to achieve fuller, younger-looking breasts.

A breast lift is a better option if your main concern is sagging breasts and if you don’t mind a little loss of breast volume.

You may need a lift if:

  • Your breasts are sagging
  • Your nipples point downwards
  • Your nipples have become stretched

Concerns for Breast Augmentation Over the Age of 50

After deciding breast augmentation is right for you, it is important to consider certain factors that are unique for your age.

The quality of your skin and its ability to support implants is another concern. It is vital that your skin is healthy and strong enough to sustain the position of your breast implants. Skin health is also critical to recovery. Will your skin heal properly after surgery? Dr. Dreyfuss will assess your skin before surgery.

Patients should know about the effects that implant have on breast cancer screenings. There is no clinical evidence that breast implants reduce or increase the chance of cancer, but patients should alert the mammogram technician of their implants so that they can get an accurate reading.

What is probably the most important decision to make when considering breast augmentation over 50 is the surgeon. You will want someone with a high level of training and skill, and who has experience performing breast augmentations and breast lifts. You will also want them to be board-certified, so that you can ensure that they extensive aesthetic surgical training and expertise.

Moreover, make sure your surgeon has the skills to create the balanced results you’re looking for. You’ll have specific needs and aesthetic goals, so make sure you’re working with someone that knows how to help you achieve them.

For more information about breast augmentation after 50, call Dr. Dreyfuss at 815-806-9400 or contact us here.




Women of all ages want to look their best. And their breasts’ appearance is of high concern because it influences their confidence and self-esteem.

At age 40, many women are considering breast augmentation surgery. Whether it’s because of the consequences of pregnancy and breastfeeding, the natural effects of aging, or a desire for a more youthful look, they seek medical assistance in achieving a new appearance.

So, what should a woman in her 40s know about breast augmentation?


Most doctors endorse regular mammograms for women starting at age 40. Also, when a woman considers breast implants, she is likely required to have a mammogram before surgery. This practice sets a baseline for future mammograms because breast implants can obscure mammogram results.

Because breast implants affect future mammograms, it’s important to advise your mammographer of their presence so they so can adjust the procedure properly. They may require additional views for proper breast imaging.

Some women are concerned that the squeezing of a mammogram could displace or rupture their breast implants, causing a need for additional surgery. However, breast implants should not become displaced or rupture with a mammogram. Yes, they are pressed and squeezed during the process, but a properly placed implant should not have these issues.

Breast Lift

Women tend to have realistic expectations about breast augmentation outcomes when they reach the age of 40. A major concern with these women is a loss of volume which leaves the excess skin on the breast due to weight loss or childbirth. Here, the plastic surgeon must evaluate if this excess skin will hinder the aesthetics of the breast implant.

When enough excess skin exists to undermine the appearance of the procedure, the patient may require a breast lift done concurrently with her breast augmentation. However, a breast lift may result in additional scarring than a standalone breast augmentation procedure.

Despite these concerns, it’s not a mystery why more women older than 40 choose to have breast augmentation surgery. Because this age group of women are self-assured about their place in life and are more financially secure than many younger women, they tend to make the decision easily. All women, no matter their age, wish to look the best they can with the resources available to them.

Benefits of Breast Augmentation

Many women see turning 40 as the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in their life. For many, most of the responsibilities of raising young children and addressing financial challenges are behind them.

Cosmetic medicine affords them the ability to turn back the clock on their body. Here are some reasons why getting breast implants is popular with women in their 40s:

Breast Implants Rejuvenate Aging Breasts

A woman’s breast suffers many changes during her 20s and 30s. Decreasing estrogen levels may cause a loss of breast volume over time. Also, age-related effects include loss of firmness and elasticity. The results are sagging breasts.

Breast implants can be a great solution for women who feel their breast do not have the youthful appearance they once enjoyed. Implants can restore volume and perkiness while addressing some sagging as well. Even though severe sagging may cause a woman to need a breast lift, a breast augmentation may address milder sagging without a breast lift.

Although some women fear that their implants will look fake, the advanced technology of breast implants today has provided more natural outcomes than in times past. Also, the sheer number of options designed to fit individual body types can result in a breast that is natural in both appearance and touch.

Childbearing is Over

At age 40 most women have finished having children. In fact, their life is starting to open up as their children are older and more self-sufficient. The great thing about being 40 is the wait to improve your breast contour may be over, and you can look forward to perkier, fuller breasts.

You Can Look Great at 40

With the increased focus on fitness and nutrition, many women in their 40s are looking younger and more fit than ever. Age is just a number, and women still want to look appealing and gorgeous at 40 and beyond!

Adding medical grade aesthetic procedures to the mix, women have become aware of how to have a healthy, vibrant appearance well after the age of 40. By becoming self-confident with a curvy figure, and embracing their feminine appearance, the modern woman is breaking age barriers on how they look as they advance in years!