Special Considerations for Breast Augmentation in Older Patients

Plenty of women in the Vancouver area consult with us about having breast implants in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond. Most of these women are finished having children and want to pursue their long-awaited cosmetic goals. Many of them want to restore breast volume that has been affected by hormonal changes, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. 

Using his extensive knowledge and expertise, Dr. Eric Pugash offers some advice for what these women should consider to get the most out of this cosmetic improvement.

Find the Right Surgeon

The qualifications and experience of your cosmetic surgeon will significantly influence your results. It is critical to choose a reputable expert who has demonstrated excellent outcomes for their patients. This surgeon will take the time to listen carefully to your goals and concerns, and work with you to create the most effective surgical plan.

Choose the Right Size

Of course, an obvious decision, and perhaps the most crucial to the patient, is the implant size — how large does she want to go? As an older patient, you must consider that larger implants may place considerable weight on your breasts, causing them to sag over time. Bigger breasts also may cause some discomfort, adding tension to your neck and back. 

What result would you prefer — a dramatic change with large breasts or a modest improvement with fullness and size? Are you an active woman and need implants that will fit that lifestyle? The right plastic surgeon will evaluate your body type, preferences, and activity level, and help you choose an implant that’s best for your needs.

Choose the Right Implant Placement

Another vital decision is where you want your implants placed. The two options are over and under the breast muscle, and both will have an impact on look and feel. Implants on top of the chest muscle can interfere with mammogram results. Make sure this is part of your discussion with your surgeon before making a final decision on your implants. 

Do You Need a Lift?

One common consequence of age is that breast tissue and skin lose their elasticity and become lax with age, causing breasts to droop or sag. A breast lift will help elevate breast location and give them that nice upward curve. It also can reposition your nipples if they’ve begun to point south. In Dr. Pugash’s experience, most women over 40 are excellent candidates for a breast lift due to skin laxity and hormonal changes, especially when they have larger breasts. 

Learn More

Dr. Pugash is a well-respected Vancouver breast augmentation specialist who has helped women of all ages achieve their desired body outline and breast appearance. To learn how he can help you, call us at 604-522-5199 or request a consultation online.