What Do Breast Implants Look Like when a Woman is 50, 60, 70+ Years Old?
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How Will Your Implants Look?
Dr Dhaval Patel
Double Board Certified
Few changes in breast implants with time
Assuming that the body weight will stay the same, it is expected that the breast tissue will droop with time. If not stronge capsule forms, the implant will go down with the breast, which is good. This will create a droopy but natural look. If a capsule forms the implant could stay higher while the breast tissue goes down.
Appearance of breast implants with aging
The appearance of breast implants when your 50, 60, or 70+ years old is highly correlated with how your breasts will appear when your 50, 60, or 70.
No one can necessarily predict how your breasts will appear as a result of menopausal changes.
This comes down to fortune telling and is similar to asking how your belly will look when you have children. No one can predict whether you will or will not have stretch marks.
Having said that I can generally say that women with very small breasts who undergo augmentation with a relatively small implant (270 and less) tend to show only mild changes with aging in contrast to larger breasts with large implants.
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Hi tojilll, Very good question. But impossible to give a definitive answer! Regardless if you have breast implants or not, as you age, the tissue in your breasts and the structure of your breasts begin to change. This is due to changes in your reproductive hormones caused by the natural process of aging. As a result of these changes, your breasts begin to lose their firmness and fullness. Hopefully, with the proper placement of an implant, you retain your fullness. But with the reduced amount of estrogen, your skin will become drier, making it less elastic. With less elasticity, the breasts lose firmness can develop a stretched and saggy appearance. If your breasts are naturally larger or you have a larger implant, you will likely be looking at a breast lift, or mastopexy, at some point. However, genetics and lifestyle play a huge roll. Bottom line, you can have a great result with breast augmentation at any age and while nothing can stop the normal aging process, when performed by an experienced, board certified cosmetic surgeon, your augmentation should be designed to achieve results that not only look natural now, but will also age naturally with you. Good Luck!
Breast Implants Don't Change Significantly with the Passage of Time
Breast implants don’t change significantly with the passage of time, unless they are accompanied by the development of capsular contracture. Capsular contractures can result in distortion and firmness of the breasts. In rare cases, the weight of breast implants can accelerate breast sag.
The development of breast sag appears to be more likely when patients have poor skin tone and large implants are placed on top of the muscle. Under these circumstances, a breast lift may be necessary. In rare cases, the breast pocket may require elevation as well.
How aging effects a woman’s breasts and implants depends upon a multitude of variables. For this reason it can difficult to determine how aging will affect any particular patient’s situation.
Breasts age with you
Implants and aging
Like anything else, it his difficult to predict. It depends upon many variables including genetics, age, skin laxity, weight fluctuations, etc. There really are so many different affects on implants and the breast.
Breast Implant Appearance
Fantastic question -
But also one that is very difficult to answer.
The shape of your breasts as you age depends largely on the elasticity of the skin and the strength of the Cooper's ligaments which are suspensory structures within the breast tissue. These are the two forces at work to keep your breasts from sagging.
Larger breasts place more force on these structures and are more likely to cause sagging. The larger the implant, the larger the breast and the larger the sag.
Things that can also change the shape include capsular contracture (the incidence increases over time) and weight change. As we age weight distribution can change from the pattern when we were younger and can cause change in breast shape.
I hope this helps.
It depends on the implant capsule and tone of the tissue
Implants can look good regardless of one's age if they don't have a capsular contracture and if your tissues have retained good tone and do not need a lift. Also, the better shape you keep yourself in, the better your implants will match your well cared for body.
Implant Appearance with age
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