Breast Augmentation Considerations for a 50 Year Old

I am considering getting a small breast augmentation but I am 50 years old. Are there any concerns in doing this at my age?

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Breast Augmentation at 50

If you are a healthy 50 year old, like the patients I see in my practice, you could be an excellent candidate fro breast augmentation surgery.  Look at my breast augmnetation gallery of 100+ women. My patients are all ages. 
Take time researching a plastic surgeon. Look for education from top tier medical schools and surgical training from excellent university medical centers. The, start looking for many, many before and after photos. Once you have researched the credentials and experience (by checking out some photos) of plastic surgeons, you are ready to start meeting plastic surgeons in consultation. Look for plastic surgeons who have performed many of these surgeries on women your age with your size and desired outcome.  Good luck

Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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50 is the new 40!

Healthy women over the age of 18yo can consider breast augmentation. I have quite a number of patients who have chosen to have breast augmentation after their 50th birthday. The satisfaction rate for these women is just as high as it is for other age groups. Choose a board certified plastic surgeon; all members of the American Society for Aeshetic Plastic Surgery are such. 

Michael B. Tantillo, MD
Boston Plastic Surgeon
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Breast augmentation and age considerations


If you are healthy and able to undergo anesthesia the considerations for breast augmentation at 50 years of age should be the same as that of someone of 25 years of age.  With age additional laxity may be present and this may necessitate a breast lift but this can be determined at your consultation.

All the best,

Dr Repta

Remus Repta, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Similar to Any Surgical Patient; Perhaps Aug/Pexy

Thank you for your question. There aren't really specific concerns for someone your age. You will need to be medically cleared for surgery by your primary care physician, the same for any surgical patient. If there have significant ptosis (sagginess) in your breasts, you may want an augmentation plus a breast lift (an aug/pexy). 

Good luck, and for more information about other choices to be made before undergoing breast augmentation, take a look at the Guide to Breast Augmentation on my website from the web reference below. I discuss common patient questions I receive, silicone versus saline implants, round versus anatomically shaped implants, smooth versus texturized implants, implant manufacturer, implant insertion incision location, implant location inside the breast, and more. 

Joshua D. Zuckerman, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Healthy 50 year old

Thank you for the question.  Health at 50 years old is very important and this is one that should be considered when performing surgery.  Better to check with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine if you are a perfect candidate.  Best of luck. Dr. Michael Omidi.

An in-person exam with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the best way to assess your needs and provide true medical advice.

Michael M. Omidi, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Augmentation for a 50 Year Old

Your age should not otherwise affect your status as a candidate for breast augmentation. Ideal candidates are in good health physically and emotionally and have realistic expectations for what this procedure can achieve. If you meet these requirements and as long as you have no other pre-existing conditions that affect your ability to undergo anesthesia and surgery, there are no major concerns. Any other particular concerns would have to do with the current shape and appearance of your breasts, especially in regards to the possible need for a breast lift in conjunction with augmentation. It would be best to discuss this further with a highly experienced board certified plastic surgeon who can examine you in person and address all of your questions and concerns.

Frank Lista, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Augmentation at 50

First of all I would tell you that this is more common than you think! Many women do not undergo a breast augmentation until their last child goes to college. The breasts can deflate and lose the youthful appearance they once had.

The majority of women in this range want exactly what you are stating a small implant that is just going to restore what they have lost.  Something that will look good in a nice dress.  

If you are in good health there is no reason that you could not have a breast augmentation.

I encourage you to see a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options!

Johnny Franco, MD, FACS
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Healthy 50 year old

If you are healthy, there are no contraindications to breast augmentation.  You will need a preoperative mammogram,

Gary Lawton, MD, FACS
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
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Breast augmentation considerations for a 50 year old?

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!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Breast aug at 50

There is no age limit for plastic surgery. As long as you are healthy enough to undergo surgery there is no reason not to proceed. Go for it!

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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