Occasionally, I see mature women considering breast augmentation at my Portland practice who are excited about the possibility of enhancing their bodies but are also concerned that their ages might work against them.
The good news is that, although there are age minimums for undergoing breast augmentation in the United States, there aren’t any upper age limits. I tell patients that it’s their overall health, not their age, which determines their eligibility for a procedure.
Breast augmentation with implants involves general anesthesia, which carries some risks for patients of any age. These risks are elevated for older patients, but in most cases, clearance from a general practitioner is sufficient to move forward with breast augmentation surgery. Patients should be nonsmokers and should discontinue some herbal supplements and medications prior to surgery, as they can increase the risk of bleeding.
Depending on a patient’s age and family history, I often recommend that she undergoes a mammogram and lab work prior to breast augmentation, too. These simple tests can reveal a lot about a woman’s overall health and determine her eligibility for elective surgery.
If you’ve been considering breast augmentation but are worried that your age might disqualify you, schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon today — his or her opinion might surprise you.