Breast augmentation refers to a surgery meant to increase the size of your breast. For most women, breast augmentation is a chance to make them gain confidence in their body because it helps them attain their body type goals.

Am I too old for breast augmentation?

Any woman desiring breast augmentation is qualified for the procedure, regardless of age. Statistics show that over 50% of the women having breast augmentation are aged 35 years to 50 years. Most plastic surgery doctors have done breast augmentation procedures on women who are even above 70 years old. There is only an age minimum for the type of implant the breast augmentation candidate can qualify.

Types of breast implants.

Two main types of breast implants are offered to women, silicone breast implants and saline breast implants. Saline breast implants make your breast shape uniform and give them firmness. These implants can only be provided to a candidate who is 18 years or older. Silicone breast implants resemble the natural tissue of the breast. They are provided to 22 years and older candidates. There is no upper age restriction for a woman who wants to get either of the two implants.

Factors considered before breast augmentation.

Two main factors determine whether you can get a breast implant, and age is not one of them. Your health and the results you expect after the procedure is complete will determine if the plastic surgeon will perform the procedure. Your doctor will do a general physical examination and check your medical history.

If the doctor discovers that you have a history of breast cancer in your family, he or she may need to do mammogram screening before determining if the procedure can be done on you. Similarly, you may disqualify for the procedure if you have a condition like diabetes. Diabetes causes wounds to heal slowly and may even result in complications in the wound during healing; therefore, surgery is not recommended. The health examination is to make sure that your body can heal well after the procedure is complete.

Your age will likely determine the results you expect after breast augmentation. As you age, your breast experiences changes such as loss in volume, causing them to have excess skin or sag. This is why most women older than 45 will likely want to replace the lost breast volume to look younger, while women in their 20s look for firm and shapely breasts.

Breastfeeding can also be a concern in some women planning to have breast augmentation. Women planning to have children will be informed of the risk of the procedure affecting breastfeeding. However, only a small percent of women are unable to nurse due to breast augmentation. Women above 40 years may also be concerned with breast implants affecting mammogram screening. Breast implants do not affect mammogram screening, because they are placed underneath the breast tissue.

Schedule a Consultation

If you live around the greater Portland area and would like to shape or increase your breast size, schedule your consultation with Dr. Bohley Cosmetic Surgery today. Dr. Bohley is an experienced plastic surgeon that can guarantee satisfying results.