Breast augmentation has been one of the most popular surgical cosmetic enhancement procedures for many years. In fact, in its annual statistical report, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery consistently ranks breast enlargement with implants in the top five most frequently performed treatments. It is not uncommon for women in their 40s and 50s to undergo breast augmentation with beautiful results. While there is technically no age limit for this procedure, there are some things to consider in terms of your age and how it may relate to successful outcomes and certain risk factors.
The minimum age requirement for breast enlargement procedures is 22 years-old for silicone implants and 18 years-old for saline implants. There is not a set limit for patients beyond this age range, but age does play a part in candidacy requirements for some patients. The natural aging process brings with it the potential for developing certain types of health conditions, so it is very important to have annual medical check-ups and to talk with your primary care provider about whether you are at an increased risk for surgery. Patients who do not have health conditions that heighten the risk of potential surgical complications and those who have realistic expectations for results are often good candidates for breast augmentation, as long as they are older than the minimum age requirement.
Many older patients considering breast enlargement want to restore volume that has been lost due to breastfeeding, while others simply want to enhance their appearance by adding fullness and renewed contours to their breasts. Breast ptosis (sagginess and loose skin) is often a factor for women in their 40s and 50s who are seeking breast enlargement; however, a breast lift is usually the best option to address this particular concern. For patients who would like to both add volume to the breasts and give them a firmer, more youthful appearance, a combination breast lift with implants may be ideal.
Ultimately, one of the most important things you can do is to talk with your doctor and consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon about your goals. Dr. David Durst is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is extensively trained and experienced with a range of breast surgery procedures. He will answer all of your questions, perform a thorough evaluation, and review your medical records to determine whether breast augmentation can be performed safely and successfully.
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