Summary: You’ve put “you” off for far too long. Here’s why getting breast implants at 50 is the right move and time for you.
Questions of age and breast augmentation usually revolve around the younger end of the spectrum, with some teenagers counting the days until they can get breast implants legally and safely. In fact, when breast implants and older women are mentioned in the same sentence, the discussion is often about getting the implants removed or replaced.
Breast augmentation is often thought of as a “young woman’s surgery,” but middle-aged women who are unsatisfied with the size of their breasts shouldn’t dismiss the idea, experts say. Ask a plastic surgeon if 50 is too old for breast augmentation and the answer will undoubtedly be “no.” The most important consideration is the patient’s health, not her age.
If you are in your 40s, 50s, or 60s and are unhappy with your breasts, there are a lot of great reasons for you to consider augmentation surgery. Here are 5 of the best ones:
- You’re not alone. Even if some people believe the myth that breast implants are only for the younger crowd, statistics show that it’s indeed a myth. In 2014, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 47% of breast augmentation surgeries performed in the U.S. were for women older than 35. Patients ages 51 to 64 accounted for 10% of that total.
- Pain? You laugh at pain. By the time they reach their 40s and 50s, many women can tolerate higher levels of pain than their younger counterparts. Most have gone through childbirth, so the idea of spending a couple of less-than-comfortable days recovering from breast augmentation surgery isn’t that daunting. Plus, the advanced techniques used these days mean recovery is more uncomfortable than painful, with most patients getting back to work in just a few days.
- You can afford it. You may have really wanted implants when you were 22, but your dreams didn’t match your budget. Now that you’re a little more comfortable financially, it’s time to splurge on some of those dreams.
- Breast implants are better than ever. Researchers seem to be working overtime coming up with new and improved implants. For a while, women in the U.S. basically had one choice when it came to the type of breast implant — saline. That’s still an option, but most patients are opting for implants filled with silicone gel or what plastic surgeons call “form-stable” silicone. The latter are the “gummy bear” implants that look and feel more like natural breasts than earlier generations of implants.
- It’s time to do something for yourself. You’ve had children and raised a family, making sacrifices along the way. When there was a choice between doing something for you and doing something for your kids, the kids always came first. No regrets. Now, however, there’s no reason to feel any twinges of guilt about doing something that will make you happy. Chances are your husband or partner won’t mind either.
There are some allowances that you might need to make for being a little bit older as a breast augmentation patient. Age can take a toll on the firmness and elasticity of the breast tissue and skin, even if you never had children. Gravity is probably working its magic, as well, causing your breasts to sag a bit.
Breast implants alone will enhance the breasts’ volume, but they won’t look as perky as they once did. Dr. William J. Vasileff, a breast augmentation specialist at the Birmingham Institute of Plastic Surgery in Michigan, says “a breast lift tightens loose sagging tissue to lift and improve the overall shape of your breasts. It can be combined with a breast augmentation for women who want to restore fullness as well as achieve a lifted appearance.”
No matter your age, if you’re considering breast augmentation, the first step is to find an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon with an excellent track record of results. Do some research online, ask friends or family who have undergone breast augmentation, or talk to anyone you know in the medical field to get recommendations.