Who says looking alluring is for the young? Nowadays, we’re seeing a large increase of women in their 60s and older who are rejuvenating their bodies through breast augmentation. And why not? In that age, women are stronger, wiser, and beholden to no one. If you’re curious about what it’s like to have a breast augmentation in the twilight of your years, take a look at our handy guide on what you need to know about breast augmentation in your 60s.
Make Room for the Mammogram
By your 60s, you should be getting a mammogram every two years. If you’re worried about the effects the implants will have on the screening—don’t be. Implants are not known to substantially interfere with breast cancer screenings, although it’s highly recommended that patients alert the technician before the screening that you’re wearing implants. Another unfounded worry is whether the mammogram will rupture the implants. Thankfully, implants are durable and flexible enough to withstand the pressure.
Take a Lift
If you’re in your 60s, you probably know all about how aging can affect your skin—like sagging breasts. Because of the loss of a protein called collagen, your skin is much less elastic than before, meaning inserting heavy implants might make your breasts droop even more! It’s why surgeons highly recommend that patients in their 60s pair their breast augmentation with another one called a breast lift. A breast lift with implants can:
- Restore fullness and volume to the breasts
- Lift the breasts to a more youthful position
- Lift the nipples to a more youthful position
- Prevent heavy implants from causing further sagging
A Picture of Health
Some patients are concerned that their age automatically disqualifies them, but that’s far from the truth. In reality, a person’s health is more of a factor of whether they’re a proper candidate than their age. That’s a good thing, nowadays, people in their 60s and up are much more active and concerned about their health. In the end, this means that patients should be honest with their surgeon about their health. Before your consultation, make sure to have your detailed medical history at hand and a list of medications you’re taking—certain conditions and medications actually increase the risk of complications with plastic surgery. Other than that, if you’re in relatively good health and have realistic expectations, then you’re good to have your breast augmentation.