Summary: Looking in the mirror one day, I decided it was time to take back control of my body and I made the executive decision to have breast enhancement surgery. However, there was one big mental road block: my age. Can someone my age, successfully get plastic surgery?
The choice to undergo plastic surgery has been a long and somewhat confusing road for me. I am a healthy, middle-aged woman who is done having children, and, as has been the case for many women my age, gravity hasn’t been too forgiving. Over the past few years, I’ve noticed changes in various parts of my body — a roll over here, a little extra something there — but what stood out the most was the way my breasts sagged. Looking in the mirror one day, I decided it was time to take back control of my body and made the executive decision to have breast enhancement surgery. However, there was one big mental road block: my age.
When you think of someone getting breast implants, what comes to mind? Personally, it makes me think of young, vibrant girls in their 20s and most certainly not someone my age. I wanted to move forward in the decision-making process, but I also worried about how people would perceive me when they discovered I had plastic surgery. After all, I grew up in a world where breast enhancement surgery was taboo. Then I got to thinking, “Why do I care what others think about me? Deciding to get plastic surgery is a personal choice, and who is to say that the idea of fuller breasts at my age isn’t acceptable?” I decided I had some homework to do.
According to a report from American Society of Plastic Surgeons®, nearly 86,000 women ages 40 to 54 underwent breast augmentation procedures in 2013. Not only is that a huge number, but that statistic continues to rise each year. Looking at this chart, I realized that I am not the only one out there who wants to slow down the telltale signs of aging. In fact, I am far from it!
My next concern was whether it was a safe option for me. Is plastic surgery risky for women in their 50s? I scoured the Internet for a response from a qualified specialist. Dr. Shim Ching, a plastic surgeon in Honolulu, says that breast augmentation is OK for women at any age. “The real qualifier is your medical condition, not your age,” his website says. He adds that certain tests may be necessary for safety reasons but very rarely will age be the enemy.
Finally, I headed over to RealSelf, a very popular online plastic surgery forum, to investigate whether there were others out there with the same concerns regarding plastic surgery. The forums are peppered with women wondering if breast augmentation at their age is an issue. “I’m coming up on 60,” one user writes. “Am I nuts to think about augment?” A majority of these questions were met with an overwhelming “no” from plastic surgeons who responded by saying chronical age is not a factor when it comes to plastic surgery. In fact, most of the comments from women who are 50 and older are unanimously in favor of the procedure, and those who have had it done have no regrets.
So there you have it, folks. No matter how old you are and as long as you’re healthy, you’re a candidate for plastic surgery. If you find yourself in the same predicament as I did, just remember that age is nothing but a number.