How to Get the Best Breast Augmentation Results for Your Age

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Breast augmentation continues to be one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world, and for good reason. Breast implants not only have the power to provide women across the age spectrum with beautiful breasts, but can also be a big confidence booster.

One of the wonderful things about breast implants is that they are not age specific. Though breast augmentation can be pursued by adult women of all ages, the procedure can vary according to what stage a woman is at in her life. There are several factors that are evaluated when planning for breast augmentation:
  • Your overall health
  • Your natural breast anatomy and skin quality
  • Body proportions, including height, weight and chest diameter
  • Which type of implant is best suited for your goals

Looking at all these factors together is what helps your plastic surgeon create beautiful breast augmentation results regardless of how many candles were on your last birthday cake.
In Your 20s Most women in their 20s who are considering breast enhancement have not yet had children and their primary goal is to achieve a larger breast size. Silicone implants are very popular for women in this age range, though under FDA guidelines, women must be at least 22 years old to be candidates for this implant type. In spite of the image Hollywood may put out, a large portion of women in their 20s are focused on a very natural breast appearance after surgery, not an "obvious" breast augmentation.
In Your 30s The 30s are the most common age for women to consider breast implants. In this age range, many women will choose to have breast augmentation by itself, and we start to see some women considering "mommy makeovers" (a customized set of plastic surgery procedures that often includes breast enhancement) if they are done having children.

A common concern among women in their 20s and 30s is whether implants will interfere with breastfeeding. To reduce the chance of complications with nursing, the surgeon may avoid a periareolar incision (made around the nipple) and instead place the incision in the breast crease. Most women who have breast augmentation shouldn’t have any problems breastfeeding.
In Your 40s Pregnancy, aging or fluctuations in weight can all result in ptosis, the technical term for sagging. After childbirth and nursing, it’s not uncommon for women to seek breast augmentation surgery in order to rejuvenate their appearance.

Some women in this age range combined breast augmentation with a breast lift. Lifting may be considered at any age if the nipples are at or below the breast crease, or if they are pointing down. There's a difference between nipple drooping/sagging and "deflation" of the breast (loss of volume). In cases of breast volume loss, many women who think they will need a breast lift in fact will see good results with a breast augmentation alone. But it's important to remember that implants by themselves do not "lift" the breasts or reposition the nipples.
In Your 50s and Beyond Time and life both affect our body, and the breasts are particularly susceptible to change. As a woman ages, a variety of life events can alter the size, shape and position of breasts. Skin loses its natural elasticity, breasts lose some of their youthful firmness, and gravity beckons them downwards.

Whether their children have grown up and are out of the house, or as a result of greater financial stability, increasing numbers of women in their 50s and 60s are seeking out breast augmentation surgery. They have the time, the resources and more freedom and flexibility. Women in their 50s often choose to combine their breast augmentation with other procedures, which could include a breast lift, liposuction, or even facial procedures, for a more dramatic makeover.

No matter what age you are, there’s a specific approach your plastic surgeon can take during breast augmentation to help you meet your personal appearance goals.      
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Seattle Plastic Surgeon