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Is 66 Too Old for a Breast Lift?

Is 66 to old for a breast lift I'm in great health,but my breast are to heavy' would like to know.? M. Elias

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Is 66 too old for a breast lift?

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Hello! Thank you for your question! Age alone is not a contraindication to a surgical procedure. There are a few medical comorbidities that contribute to a higher risk during any surgical procedure including infections, wound complications, delayed wound healing, bleeding, anesthetic risks, etc. Factors such as diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease, heart problems, lung problems, etc are more common in the elderly. However, if you are healthy, or these conditions are well-controlled, you would certainly still be a candidate for a surgical procedure. If your complaints or desires are great enough to consider the surgical option, I would seek a consultation with a plastic surgeon to discuss your complaints and go over the options as well as risks and benefits of the procedure.

You should obtain medical clearance from your primary care physician that you are at an acceptable risk for undergoing a surgical procedure. For elective or aesthetic procedures, your surgeon may want to get you to a reasonable health status prior to consideration for a procedure. Discuss all of your medical comorbidities and medication with your surgeon prior and discuss these risks. Also, discuss this with your anesthesiologist as proper monitoring and medications will be watched closely. This procedure should still be very safe for you and hope for an uncomplicated course with an excellent result! Hope that this helps! Best wishes!


Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Too old for breast reduction/lift?

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Thank you for your post. Age is not a contraindication to surgery. Poor health is. If you are a healthy adult, and interested in a breast reduction or lift surgery, meet with a board certified plastic surgeon. He or she will assess you as a patient for any risks you might have. The biggest risks are heart disease, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, and previous history of deep venous thrombosis. If you are having back pain, neck pain, bra strap grooving, rashes under the breast fold, or just desire a breast lift, meet with a highly qualified surgeon.
Best Wishes,
Pablo Prichard, MD

Pablo Prichard, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Lift

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As long as you are in good health, 66 is not too old for a breast lift or any cosmetic surgery.  If your breasts are 'heavy', you may even want to consider a breast reduction, which can be a covered procedure under the ministry of health for Canadians.

Nasimul Huq, MD
Niagara Falls Plastic Surgeon
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If you are in good health, 66 is certainly not too old for a breast lift (if you are happy with your breast size but not the shape and sagging) or for a breast reduction (if you would like your breasts made smaller as well as lifted).

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Breast Lift and Age

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Dear Ms. Elias,

Your general health is more significant than your actual age. You can have a routine physical exam with your family physician, and discuss your desired goals with a board certified plastic surgeon. He/She will also review your breast exam, skin quality, etc and its impact on surgical outcome. I would also recommend that you make sure you are up-to-date with your mammogram before having surgery. Warm regards,

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When is it too old to get a breast lift?

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Breast lifts and breast reductions can be performed on women that are in good health and have clearance from their medical doctors for the procedure.  Breast lifts and reductions can improve some of the chronic back and neck pain that are a result of heavy breasts.   However, after years of chronic sagging, the discomfort may not be completely resolved post-operatively.  Increased age may also be associated with cardiac, anesthesia, wound healing or other risks.  Women in their 60's and 70's are certainly candidates for consultation for this procedure.

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Age and surgery

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You are not too old for most cosmetic surgery as long as you are healthy and your request is reasonable.

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Surgery at any age

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Age is not a limiting factor for breast lifting surgery, although good health is. For patient’s 50 years old and above, a medical clearance, mammogram, and EKG is required prior to surgery. I ask that medical clearance be obtained from your primary physician. Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to determine whether you are a good candidate for breast lifting surgery.

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Breast Lift/Reduction in Women Over 60 Years Of Age

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Age is an irrelevant issue when it comes to getting a breast lift or a breast reduction. If your general health is good, then either procedure can be performed as an outpatient. Since your breasts are heavy, it is likely you need to have a breast reduction. Every breast reduction is a breast lift also, but every breast lift is not a breast reduction. Either way, you should do well and enjoy the benefits of the results for the rest of your life.

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66 is not "too old" for any kind of plastic surgery!

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Of course, your general health should be good, and a pre-operative history and physical by your physician will be necessary to ensure you are healthy enough for anesthesia and surgery!

If you are, you will be surprised at how "easy" a breast lift or cosmetic reduction is, and how glad you are to have finally decided to go ahead.

If you are a smoker, you should discontinue all use of tobacco or nicotine products (including nicotine gum, spray, patch, etc.) before undergoing this procedure to reduce the risks of circulation impairment from this potent chemical. And this includes exposure to second-hand smoke.

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