Breast lift over 55: Is it too late?

Breast lift over 55: Is it too late?

19th Nov 2020

If you are concerned with the appearance of the breasts affected by breast ptosis, the important thing to keep in mind is that there are no physical exercises you can do to restore the beautiful appearance of your breasts. Also, no creams, gels or pills will enhance your breasts once ptosis has occurred.

There are many causes of breast ptosis, or the sagginess of the breasts as it is more commonly known. Among them are multiple pregnancies and considerable weight fluctuations, but the aging process can be a factor in itself. This means that with age, your breasts will start sagging and drop lower on the chest wall, while they might start to lose upper pole fullness and look empty. 

Many patients come to the clinic and ask whether they are too young or too old to have the breast lift performed. For example, a breast lift over 55: is it too late to undergo the procedure?

In short, the answer is no, it is not too late. Actually, there are benefits of undergoing the procedure later in life as the results will be sustained for longer and chances are the patient won’t need an additional procedure later on. Moreover, if the procedure is performed on patients of this age, there is another factor causing breast ptosis that can be avoided: pregnancy. If pregnancy occurs after undergoing the breast lift, chances are the beautiful appearance of the breasts achieved with the surgery will be altered by the changes that occur in the body, especially the breasts. When undergoing the breast lift in your 50s, this breast ptosis factor won’t be a problem anymore. However, the patient will still be advised to avoid ulterior weight fluctuations to sustain the results.

When undergoing a breast lift in your 50s, it is important to know that you should be in top health condition to be able to avoid complications associated with the procedure. The plastic surgeon will assess your medical condition and ask about afflictions that might be considered contraindications to the procedure. Also, you should keep in mind that the recovery process might be lengthier for patients over a certain age. This is certainly not a contraindication to undergoing the procedure. Just be patient during recovery and ensure you can get enough time off from work to allow your body to heal.

Undergoing a breast lift in your 50s is often associated with a boost of self-esteem. Patients feel like they get another chance of enjoying their bodies and feel more confident in engaging socially and professionally. Also, the procedure is preferred by women who are entering new relationships after a divorce or breakup. 

The breast lift is often performed under general anesthesia and the recovery period is about two weeks post-op. 

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