For women who want to enjoy curvier, more balanced silhouettes, one of the most popular options is breast augmentation. Women of all ages come to my Roanoke practice from Lynchburg, Blacksburg, Charlottesville, and beyond for the procedure, making breast augmentation the most sought-after surgery at my practice. In fact, I’ve performed more breast augmentations in my 30-plus years of practice than any other single surgical procedure.
In part, this procedure’s popularity is due to its ability to improve my patients’ body self-image. Yet, some patients may be concerned about whether breast augmentation is appropriate for their age. In this blog post, I will discuss some of the concerns and realities of having a breast augmentation after your 30s.
“Am I too old for breast augmentation?” This is a relatively common question asked by many women interested in enhancing the appearance of their breasts. While there is a minimum age for receiving breast implants for cosmetic purposes (22 for silicone and 18 for saline), there is no set upper age limit for patients who wish to augment their breasts later in life. In truth, numerous individuals in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and even older have undergone breast augmentation to increase the volume and improve the shape of their breasts with exceptional, natural-looking results.
Breast Augmentation With Breast Lift
The main discrepancy between younger and older women seeking breast augmentation typically centers around their overall needs and aesthetic goals. For example, the majority of younger patients’ desire to increase their breast size to achieve a more pronounced chest and curvy figure. Contrarily, many older individuals are more interested in addressing such concerns as volume loss, excess skin, and breast drooping (ptosis). Because of this, a breast lift—medically referred to as mastopexy—is often paired with an augmentation to attain an optimal outcome.
Who is a good candidate for breast augmentation?
Instead of age, the predominant factor in determining whether or not someone is a suitable candidate for breast augmentation is usually the person’s health and overall expectations for surgery. Ideal candidates are generally those who are in fine health, who are not at an increased risk for postoperative complications, and who have a clear understanding of what can safely and realistically be achieved.
Getting Started on Your Breast Augmentation Journey
If you are considering breast augmentation, I strongly encourage you to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience in performing this procedure for patients of all ages. After a thorough evaluation of your specific needs and cosmetic desires, he or she can determine if augmentation would be a suitable treatment for you.
If you are considering breast augmentation in the Roanoke area, you can request a consultation with me using our online contact form. Or you can call my office at (540) 776-1600 to schedule an appointment.