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.
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/or curvy figure. Contrarily, many older individuals are more interested in addressing such concerns as volume loss, excess skin, and/or 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.
Instead of age, the predominant factor in determining whether or not someone is a good 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.
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.