I am 4'11" tall, weigh 136 lbs. Good health but concerned if I am too old for the procedure.
Is 61 Too Old for a Breast Reducion?
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Too old for breast reduction/lift?
Pablo Prichard, MD
The most important factor in determining eligibility for surgery is not your age but your overall health.
There are woman in their 30s and 40s who would benefit from breast reduction surgery but have medical problems that make the risks of surgery too high, and for someone like yourself, in their 60s but in good health and with no smoking history, breast reduction can be extremely gratifying and I would have no problem recommending the surgery. Many patients have breast reduction surgery in their 60s, and not only to they look better but they are amazed at how much better they feel without all that extra weight on their shoulders. I would suggest you have a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon to discuss your options.
There are no fixed age limits for undergoing a breast reduction
If you are having symptoms related to your large breasts or just want them smaller and are relatively healthy, then your age should not be a factor. I have performed countless breast reductions in women in their 60's and 70's who were so ecstatic with the outcome. In fact many of these same women emphatically stated had they known then what they know now they would have had the procedure done years ago.
Breast reduction performed in the right patient can markedly improve your quality of life - at virtually any age.
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Breast Reduction in the elderly
I do not think your age excludes you from breast reduction surgery. I would just want to ensure that you need a breast reduction (removal of breast tissue and skin) and not a breast lift (removal of breast skin only). As we age, the skin loses its elasticity and stretches. This is an indication for a breast lift. If you have a large volume of breast tissue that is now taking its toll on your neck and back, then a reduction is indicated. I wish you a safe and healthy recovery.
Breast reduction is for all ages!
Provided that you are healthy, not extremely overweight and a non-smoker this is an excellent operation for all women suffering from heavy breasts.
It is one of the most satisfying procedures, since no patient ever regrets having done it.
Go for it!
My oldest patient for breast reduction was 71 and she had no problems. As long you are healthy, and even with minor, controlled medical problems (i.e. hypertension), you should do well. See your primary care physician if have any concerns.
61 is not too old for breast reduction surgery as long as you are in good health
There is no upper age limit for breast reduction surgery. Women in their sixties and seventies in good health have aesthetic surgery frequently. Breast reduction surgery can really improve comfort. You are not too old.
Too Old for Breast Reduction?
As long as you are in good health, you are almost never “too old.” This is especially true if you are still quite active. One of my happiest breast reduction patients was significantly older than you. Her only regret was that she had waited so long.
Breast Reduction Surgery in Women OVER 60 years of Age
Not at all if you're healthy
Age is chronologic (a number) and not physiologic (the state of your health). I do breast reduction surgery on many women in their 60's and 70's who are in otherwise good health and cleared by their medical doctor. Breast reduction has the highest satisfaction rate amongst plastic surgery patients as it is a combination of cosmetic to improve their appearance as well as reconstructive, to improve back pain, neck pain and bra strap grooving. They also find it much more enjoyable to be active and exercise without pain or embarrassment. By all means full speed ahead provided you are cleared by your internist.
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