Without a doubt, the main question I hear from women considering breast augmentation after age 50 is if they’re too old for the procedure. That’s one of the issues I’ll address in this blog post, which is the third and final post of a 3-part series I’ve written about breast augmentation. Women from Brooklyn, Manhattan, and elsewhere in New York who travel to my practice have diverse backgrounds and reasons for wanting breast implants.
Turning 50 is no longer considered a time when women or men feel like their best days are behind them. Women considering getting breast implants at this point in their lives may have lost volume either because of age or having children—and want to regain confidence in their bodies.
Patients who already have breast implants may want to upgrade to cohesive silicone gel implants that weren’t available at the time of their initial surgeries.
Health, Not Age, Is What Matters
The simple answer to the question, “Am I too old for breast augmentation?” is no. Of course, health issues become more common as we get older, but age isn’t a barrier to breast augmentation. I know many women in their 50s who exercise, go to yoga classes, eat a balanced diet, and are in the best health of their lives. It’s a good idea to get a physical with your primary care doctor to ensure you’re in good overall health before undergoing cosmetic surgery after age 50. Being a non-smoker is a must for surgery at any age.
Finding the Right Surgeon
This involves not only checking on qualifications and training, but also really connecting with the surgeon you choose. Being able to communicate honestly about your concerns and goals can be a big factor in the outcome of your procedure and may also affect how you view the results. A good question to ask: How many times a month does the surgeon perform breast augmentation surgery for women older than 50? Also, ask to see before-and-after photos of women of that age who have been to that clinic. And always select a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).
As we age, our skin gradually loses its elasticity and firmness and, in general, healing takes longer. Ask your surgeon about skin care products that promote healing and what to expect during the downtime. Your recovery after breast augmentation may take a bit longer than if you were in your 20s, but older individuals are often more patient and resilient, which helps with recuperation.
Online research is helpful for patients considering any cosmetic surgery, but there are some bits of misinformation that seem to have gained some traction over time.
10 Years Is Not an Expiration Number for Implants
You’ve probably read or heard at some point that breast implants need to be replaced after 10 years. That may be true in some cases, but implants may last 15 years, 20 years, or even longer. Don’t be worried about getting implants at age 50 and then having to undergo additional surgery in your 60s—that may not be necessary at all, unless there’s a pressing medical reason.
Getting a New Model
Revision breast augmentation is a procedure that can replace your existing implants with a newer generation of implants. Revision surgery is fairly common for women in their 50s and beyond, because their bodies have changed over time and the results are no longer aesthetically pleasing.