Breast augmentation was the second most popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedure performed in the country last year, according to the most recent statistics released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Though many people think of breast augmentation as a procedure for women in their 20s and 30s, older women make up a significant percentage of breast surgery patients. Typically, the major difference between these two demographics is the aesthetic concerns of the patient.
Women in their 20s and 30s are generally seeking to increase the volume of their breasts. Conversely, women in their 40s, 50s, and beyond often want to rejuvenate their breasts for a more youthful look. Due to pregnancies, breast feeding, gravity, and the natural breakdown of breast tissue, older women are usually concerned with sagging as well as restoring breast volume. As a result, many of these patients opt to combine a breast lift with breast augmentation to raise the position of the breasts on the chest wall while creating a younger, beautiful shape.
As long as you are in good health and have realistic expectations for surgery, you may be a candidate for breast augmentation. Even women in their 70s are achieving excellent results and experiencing the boost of self-confidence that patients often feel after the procedure.