Breast augmentation with implants is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in women of all ages. Although most people would believe that breast augmentation is mainly for younger women, there are a significant number of older and middle-aged women who consider breast augmentation at some point. If you’re one of them, it’s natural to wonder if breast augmentation is right for you at this stage of life. Here’s what to know about breast augmentation and what you can expect later in life.
Even women in their 50s, 60s, and 70s can benefit from breast augmentation. In fact, age isn’t the most important factor in determining your candidacy for breast augmentation. Instead, overall health is what matters most. If you’re healthy, non-smoking, and able to undergo surgery, you’re likely a good candidate for breast augmentation.
Many women opt for breast augmentation in their 20s or 30s when regular mammograms are not a regular part of their health care. For middle-aged women, you’ll need to consider the effect implants can have on your regular breast cancer screenings – that’s because normal screening techniques can’t account for implants. You may need to take extra steps to account for your implants or even switch to a different provider. Dr. Golosow can help you determine the right steps to take for your health during your consultation.
Breast implants can be a great way to restore your confidence in your body later in life. However, implants won’t stop the impact of age on your body. Older women considering breast implants may need to also consider a breast lift in combination with their augmentation to correct sagging and ensure the implants look youthful and upright. This can mean extra surgical steps and extra cost, so Dr. Golosow can recommend your best options.
Relative to having implants at a younger age, older women may experience longer recovery times, various pains and aches, and at the same time, anesthesia-related complications. Some researchers believe that women in their 50s and above may experience more complications (such as infections) after the procedure. This is due to the age-related possibility of a decrease in hormone levels. In general, a woman around the age of 40 might have similar possible complications as a woman in her 20s. However, older women can be at a higher risk, so it’s important to discuss your options with the help of your board certified plastic surgeon.
Women over their 40s may actually have some advantages of undergoing breast augmentation surgery. For one thing, the typical age for the onset of menopause is about 51 years. This means you won’t pose a pregnancy risk, which can negatively change your results if you become pregnant after your procedure. Additionally, you’ll be less prone to hormone fluctuations and changes in your body.
Breast augmentation is just as beneficial for older women as for younger women. To meet with Dr. Golosow and learn more about your options for breast augmentation, we invite you to contact our Fort Myers area offices by calling or filling out our online form.