How Old Is Too Old for Breast Augmentation Surgery?
With the rising popularity of plastic surgery procedures, many women who have reached a certain age often wonder if they can still reap the benefits of a breast augmentation procedure. In truth, a woman’s age actually has little to do with her ability to have a satisfactory result, although there are a few things to consider before opting for implants. Doing some research and finding a reputable board-certified plastic surgeon with whom to consult can be a great first step for anyone considering the procedure. But generally speaking, the best candidates for a breast augmentation will exhibit these key qualities, no matter her age.
1. Have Good Overall Health
More importantly than age, a woman’s overall health should be taken into consideration when contemplating breast augmentation. Keep in mind that while typically an elective treatment, a breast augmentation is still a medical procedure, so overall physical health is an important factor that should go into the decision making process.
That said, it is possible that a woman in her 50s or 60s could be in better physical health than a woman in her 20s or 30s, so age doesn’t necessarily correlate with the ability to successfully undergo breast implant surgery. This is also something that a skilled plastic surgeon can better assess during a personal consultation, so careful communication with him or her is essential to ensuring your safety and maximizing your results. (Dr. Carl Lentz via Real Self)
2. Maintain Realistic Expectations about Your Results
One benefit of waiting until you’re a bit older before considering implants is that during this stage of life, you may be more realistic about what a breast augmentation can (and cannot) do. While many women choose to get implants to restore self-esteem and a positive body image, the procedure should not be thought of as a cure-all for underlying psychological issues. This is another crucial factor to discuss during the initial consultation, as your plastic surgeon will be able to help determine if you’re considering implants for the right reasons. But again, this has much less to do with age and more to do with each individual’s unique goals and situation.
3. Understand the Procedure and Recovery Process
Prior to any surgical procedure, it is hugely beneficial to fully understand the details of the surgery and the recovery process to better determine if it’s a good option for you. Older women may also want to discuss with their plastic surgeon the possibility of combining a breast augmentation with a breast lift to ensure the best outcome. These procedures are commonly performed together and can offer great results, especially if sagging skin is a concern. Combining the two procedures may also produce a more natural, subtle look, rather than choosing implants alone. (Cleveland Clinic)
Along with understanding the procedure itself, it’s important to make sure you can schedule enough time for a safe and comfortable recovery. Often, this can even be a bit easier later in life, as you may feel more settled into your career and family. Many older women find that taking some time for themselves is a way to feel more energized and rejuvenated. (American Academy of Plastic Surgeons)
Why Choose Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology for Your Breast Augmentation?
Women considering a breast augmentation often have many questions about the procedure, including the size and type of implants that may best fit their needs. At Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology in Pittsburgh, our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Heil is extremely knowledgeable and experienced. He is committed to providing a safe, comfortable experience in a state-of-the-art facility, while maintaining a sensitive approach to help women look and feel great about themselves. Visit our before and after photo gallery to become more familiar with Dr. Heil’s work.
As a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, the Robert H. Ivy Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Pittsburgh Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Heil is highly respected in his field. If you’re a woman of any age considering a breast augmentation, contact Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology in Pittsburgh at 724-264-3608 to schedule your consultation.
The Bottom Line
For a variety of reasons and no matter their age, many women consider breast implants to help them feel more confident and feminine. Whether in your 20s or even your 70s, you may be a good candidate for breast augmentation, provided you’re in good health, have realistic expectations, and understand the procedure.
Choosing the right plastic surgeon with whom you feel comfortable communicating your personal needs and goals for your final results can be the first step to achieving a new look. He or she should make you feel confident as you make your decision and should be able to ease any concerns and answer any questions you may have along the way. Dr. Heil of Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology in Pittsburgh would be happy to discuss your specific needs and address any questions or concerns you may have during your consultation.