Considering breast implants after 40? What you need to know

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

Jul 17, 2015 9:00:00 AM

breast augmentation and liftWith cosmetic surgery becoming more widely accepted, more women are choosing to have breast augmentation after they reach the age of 40. The effects of aging can definitely contribute to women wanting to turn back the clock, and procedures such as breast augmentation and a breast lift can help restore a more youthful appearance.

What women want from breast augmentation

If you’re over the age of 40, you’ve likely begun to see and feel the effects of growing older. As you age, you can experience loss of volume and sagging breast tissue, making you look older than you feel.

“Many women are waiting until later to start their families. Once they’ve had their children, they’re older than women in the past who finished having babies by their early 30s. This may contribute to this trend of older women choosing to have the procedure,” explains plastic surgeon Andrea Moreira, MD.

Breastfeeding tends to be a concern for women contemplating breast augmentation before having children, although most women can successfully nurse after having implants.

Having mammograms with breast implants

Women should always be upfront about having breast implants when speaking with their mammography technician before the imaging process begins. Your technician can use special techniques during the imaging process that will ensure the implants don’t interfere with the radiologist’s ability to detect any abnormalities.

“Many women over 40 worry if getting breast implants will interfere with having mammograms. In terms of mammograms and imaging over time, breast augmentation tends to be quite safe,” says Dr. Moreira, adding that oftentimes the implants are placed under the muscle by plastic surgeons, putting the implants in a separate space from the breast gland.

Why you should also consider a breast lift

Childbirth and weight loss tend to be the common culprits for excess skin and a loss of volume seen on women older than 40. Women in this age range tend to understand the reality of breast augmentation and have realistic expectations for what the procedure can do for them. However, excess skin can detract from the look of the augmentation, which is why many doctors recommend breast augmentation in conjunction with a breast lift.

If you’re looking for a more fuller, lifted, and natural look, discuss undergoing a breast lift at the same time as your augmentation with your doctor. Ask questions about what you should expect from the breast lift as well as the augmentation to ensure you fully understand the results you should expect and any scarring that can occur.

Dr. Moreira points out that although there are concerns with any surgery, older women typically are more financially secure and more self-assured about what they want.

“Women past childbearing age have no intention of spending their later years feeling frustrated by their bodies and most report high levels of satisfaction after undergoing breast augmentation surgery,” she says.

Learn more about what to expect from breast augmentation past your 40s from the Cleveland Clinic.

Are you interested in increasing the size of your breasts and enhancing their appearance? Request a consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery, or call us today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices, or at (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location to learn more about your options for cosmetic surgery.

Topics: Breast lift, Breast augmentation, breast care, breast implants

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