While breast augmentation is often associated with 20-something women, those aged 40 and over arguably stand to gain the most from this procedure. Not only does having breast augmentation give women entering their 40s a confidence boost, breast implants can combat the signs of breast aging (especially when combined with a breast lift). To find out more about why breast augmentation is the perfect plastic surgery for mature women, read on:
The 4 Top Advantages of Having Breast Augmentation in Your 40s
1. You have reached your adult breast volume.
Many women experience fluctuations in their breast volume during their 20s and 30s. Hormonal changes, weight gain, and pregnancy can all substantially increase the amount of natural breast volume a woman has. As such, some women who get breast implants placed during their 20s find that their breasts are too big for their tastes by the time they hit 30. This can cause physical discomfort, such as back pain and difficulty exercising, in addition to creating aesthetic concerns. By getting implants placed in your 40s, you’ll avoid these potential problems.
On the flip side of the coin, some women actually experience a loss of breast volume as they get older. Breastfeeding more than once, for example, can sometimes cause the breasts to deflate. If you wait until you’re done having children to get implants, you won’t have to worry about this affecting the results of your surgery.
2. Your weight is probably stable.
Many women experience periods of weight gain and loss during their younger years, from packing on the fabled “freshman 15” to going through pregnancy. This can affect not only the size of the breasts, but their shape and firmness as well. (Significant weight loss often leads to loose skin that must be corrected by breast lift surgery.) By waiting until you’ve reached a stable weight to have breast augmentation, you’ll be better positioned to tell whether or not you also need a breast lift.
By the age of 40, you’ve probably also mastered the art of living a healthy lifestyle. College pizza binges and bad habits like smoking and regular alcohol consumption are likely far behind you. This means your body will be better able to recover from invasive surgery. (You must avoid smoking for at least three weeks both before and after having plastic surgery. Tobacco smoke limits the body’s ability to heal, putting patients at a higher risk of experiencing post-surgical complications.)
3. You’re probably done having children.
As mentioned above, pregnancy and breastfeeding often cause profound changes in breast size and structure. Waiting until you’re done having children before having breast augmentation surgery ensures that the results of your surgery will not be compromised by the effects of pregnancy. (However, if you do want to have more children, be aware that breast augmentation surgery should not impair your ability to breastfeed.)
4. You can get the jump on age-related sagging and volume loss.
Even women who have never had children usually start to experience breast sagging and some volume loss during their mid-late 40s, and this tends to get more severe after menopause. By having combined breast augmentation and lift surgery in your 40s, you can counteract the visible signs of breast aging before they become particularly noticeable.
What You Need to Know Before Booking a Breast Augmentation Consultation
All plastic surgery patients, regardless of their age, need to be non-smokers, a healthy weight, and free of serious health conditions before being operated on. Remember: Even common ailments like type two diabetes and cardiovascular disease can make invasive surgery risky. If you have any outstanding health conditions, you’ll therefore need to work closely with your physician to make sure they’re very well-managed. You should also talk to him or her about any medications you are taking (to rule out possible complications).
Finally, while not all plastic surgeons require their 40-something patients to get a mammogram prior to breast surgery, we recommend getting one (if you haven’t had one in the last three years, that is). Though breast cancer is more common in women over 50, it does sometimes occur in women in their 40s. Moreover, mammograms can detect unfavorable changes in breast cells long before they form a tumor, so having a mammogram now will give you peace of mind for years to come.
As long as you’re a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery, you should enjoy a risk-free surgical experience. Recovery from breast augmentation surgery is not typically very painful and takes just two to three weeks. As such, you’ll be feeling better—and ready to enjoy your new curves—in no time.
Taking the Next Step
Are you ready to book your breast augmentation consultation? If you are, just contact us for more information. Our caring, knowledgeable staff will guide you through the scheduling process.