The possible issues women in their 30s and 40s need to consider before getting breast implants are different than those faced by patients in their 20s (I wrote about this in last month’s blog post). The women in this age group considering breast augmentation, who travel from Brooklyn and other areas throughout New York to our practice, often have children and may want other cosmetic procedures, too.
I’ll explain in this post, the second of a 3-part series, what women in their 30s and 40s should keep in mind when planning for breast augmentation—and also dispel some common misconceptions about the procedure.
Children at Home
Women in their 20s, of course, may have children at home, too. But it’s more likely to see patients in their 30s and 40s with children. Arranging for child care during the recovery period needs to be considered. It’s also helpful to have a friend, relative, or partner around to help with chores or cooking. These needs are even more pronounced if you plan on combining other procedures with breast augmentation, which just so happens to be the next thing to consider.
Do You Need More Than Volume?
Combining your breast augmentation with a breast lift is very common, especially among women who have had children. After pregnancy and breastfeeding, it’s common for the nipples to turn downward and the breasts to appear saggy and deflated. Getting breast augmentation alone without a lift may cause any sagging to worsen, because implants add volume, but don’t lift up the breasts or remove excess skin. Combining these procedures is an attractive option to many patients because they get more comprehensive results from a single procedure.
What About Those Misconceptions?
Certain myths persist about choosing to get breast augmentation in your 30s or 40s.
You can still get mammograms with implants: Technicians who perform mammograms can still detect subtle masses or calcifications, but it’s important to inform them that you have implants when booking the appointment as additional images may be necessary.
You can have children after getting breast implants: You can have a baby and breastfeed after getting breast implants, although certain incisions are more conducive to this. An inframammary incision (at the base of the breast) avoids the risk of disrupting the glands or ducts associated with breastfeeding.
As I wrote in last month’s post, your breast augmentation journey should begin with a thorough research of any plastic surgeons you may be considering. Make sure they are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). There are other boards with the word “cosmetic” in their names, but only the ABPS is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Also, check out the before-and-after photos on their websites and read patient reviews.