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?

Mammograms

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!