Is 61 Too Old for a Breast Reducion?

I am 4'11" tall, weigh 136 lbs. Good health but concerned if I am too old for the procedure.

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Breast Reduction: When is it too old?

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Most older women feel so much better after their surgery that their only regret is wishing they had the surgery at a younger age.

There are always options on treatment including #liposuction alone , however, the #verticalLift is the most common reduction I perform.  It is quick, easy to heal from and provides a better shape than standard #AnchorPatternReductions with less than half of the surgical incision and scar.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

Breast Reduction after age 60

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As long as you are healthy and had no major medical risks a breast reduction can be performed at just about any age. Physiological health is more important than chronological age. Please see a board certified plastic surgeon for a consultation.

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
4.9 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

The most important factor in determining eligibility for surgery is not your age but your overall health.

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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.  

Michael H. Rosenberg, MD
Mount Kisco Plastic Surgeon

There are no fixed age limits for undergoing a breast reduction

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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.

Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Breast Reduction in the elderly

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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.

Paul S. Gill, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

Breast reduction is for all ages!

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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!

Ivar van Heijningen, MD
Belgium Plastic Surgeon

Breast reduction

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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. 

Shahin Javaheri, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

61 is not too old for breast reduction surgery as long as you are in good health

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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.

Elizabeth Slass Lee, MD
Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Too Old for Breast Reduction?

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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.

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Highlands Plastic Surgeon

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