Breast augmentation continues to be popular among women of all ages. Generally, it can help improve perception of self-image and can be a confidence booster. Nowadays, it is not uncommon for women in their 50’s and 60’s to undergo a breast augmentation and get very good results. However, some women wonder if there is an oldest recommended age for breast augmentation.
Breast Augmentation Procedure
Breast augmentation is a relatively simple procedure. It involves the use of breast implants to increase the size of the breasts. The procedure typically includes the use of silicone or saline implants, which are available in various sizes and shapes.
Is There An Age Limit?
While there is a lower age limit of for breast augmentation, there is no upper age limit for the procedure. FDA guidelines state that a woman has to be at least 22 years of age to be a candidate for breast augmentation using silicone implants. In the case of saline implants, a woman has to be at least 18 years of age.
Breast augmentation is generally ideal for women in the 35 to 50 age group. By this time, the breasts are fully developed and in most cases, after the childbearing years. Therefore, pregnancy and breastfeeding are not topics of concern. At this age, women also tend to have a clear understanding of what to expect with a breast augmentation surgery.
By the age of 50 and beyond, most women notice changes in the appearance of their breasts. The skin loses elasticity and the breasts are no longer firm. Some women choose a breast augmentation to achieve younger-looking breasts. However, there are also women that may have had a breast augmentation when they were younger, and now need to replace implants that have ruptured.
Doing any type of plastic surgery depends not so much on how old you are, but on how healthy you are. There may be women in their 30’s and 40’s with severe medical problems, who should not consider doing any type of elective or plastic surgery. On the other hand, there may be women over the age of 65 who are healthy and physically fit. As a result, they are quite capable of undergoing a breast augmentation.
What Makes For A Good Candidate?
Most doctors agree that if breast augmentation is going to contribute to your life in a positive way, having the procedure is fine. However, the necessary checks will have to be complete to ensure that you are physically fit to do so. As well, to check that you don’t have any untreated health problems. There are a number of variables that your plastic surgeon will need to consider before determining if you are a good candidate for surgery.
In particular, they have to check with your primary care physician. It is important to determine if there are any pre-existing medical conditions that would preclude you having surgery. Conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease are common among the elderly. These occurrences could potentially contribute to complications during surgery. Older patients with these conditions would have to ensure that it is fully under control, before considering breast augmentation. Therefore, they would first have to receive the necessary go ahead from their primary care physician.
Once clearance is received, your plastic surgeon will take the surgical approach that is best suited to your goals and expectations. Therefore, older women who are otherwise healthy and physically fit, can safely undergo breast augmentation.
Older women should take the time to thoroughly understand all possible risks and complications that can occur with a breast augmentation. Often, these risks occur immediately after surgery during the initial recovery period. Thus, it is important to adhere to your surgeon’s post-operative instructions.