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Getting Breast Implants after 40 – What You Need to Know

Breast augmentation with implants is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures. In an established NYC plastic surgery practice, women can choose from FDA approved breast implants such as saline, silicone gel, gummy bear and IDEAL implant in various sizes.

Women in their 20s and 30s usually have breast augmentation to resolve lack of volume and asymmetry. Women over forty have other goals and consider the procedure to address issues caused by aging such as loss of volume and sagging. By forty, they would have finished having children and want to perk up their figure, look more youthful and enhance their confidence. These goals are perfectly acceptable, but there are some things that older women planning to get implants need to know.

  • A combination procedure may be needed to enhance the outcome: Aging, childbirth, and breastfeeding result in loss of breast volume, Weight loss or childbearing can result in sagging and excess skin in women over forty. Improving breast shape, contour and appearance would need a combination treatment – augmentation plus breast lift surgery.
  • Don’t worry about mammograms: Many women worry about the chances of breast implants interfering with mammograms. The reality is that breast augmentation tends to be quite safe in terms of mammograms and imaging. In most cases, the implants are placed under the muscle, which puts them in a separate space from the breast gland. However, women should let the technician know about breast implants before the start of imaging process so that it can be managed accordingly. This will ensure that special techniques are used to see the implants don’t interfere with the radiologist’s ability to detect any problems.
  • Have realistic expectations: Having realistic expectations is an important qualification for any plastic surgery candidate. Women over 40 should have a clear idea about what breast implants can and cannot do for them. They should also learn about the risks and the benefits of the treatment before they go ahead. An experienced and reliable cosmetic surgeon would perform a thorough evaluation to determine your candidature for the treatment as well as provide you with a clear view of the results you can expect. Surgeons in established practices utilize advanced 3D imaging platforms that allow you to visualize the outcome of your breast augmentation surgery and take a confident decision.