Can you still get breast implants in your 40s? Absolutely! Breast augmentation surgery carries no specific age limit; as long as you’re in good health, you should be able to have this procedure done. There are, however, some things to be aware of before you plan your surgery:
- You may not need a mammogram in order to proceed, but it’s still a good idea to have one. In most regions, mammograms are only strictly required prior to breast augmentation surgery in women who are 50-plus. However, we recommend that all patients over 35 have a mammogram completed before having implants inserted. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry: Because implants can sometimes make it harder to detect unfavorable changes in breast tissue, it’s a good idea to have your breasts examined before they’re inserted.
- You will need to have a medical exam and get a clean bill of health. Having health problems can prevent women in any age group from having breast augmentation surgery. If you have an impaired immune system, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or lung problems, you may not be able to have your breasts augmented.
- You may need or want a breast lift in addition to breast augmentation. While not all women experience age-related breast sagging by their 40s, some do, making a breast lift desirable along with the insertion of implants. Additionally, most women who have had children will need a breast lift owing to the effect that pregnancy has on the breasts. Fortunately, most plastic surgeons are happy to combine lift and augmentation surgery, allowing you to get your breasts completely rejuvenated in one convenient procedure. This reduces both cost and total recovery time and carries little additional risk of complications if performed by a skilled surgeon.
Because most women in their 40s are done having children but are still in good overall health, this decade is seen as an ideal time for breast lift and augmentation surgery. If you are in your 40s and interested in having your breasts lifted and/or augmented, feel free to contact Dr. Ben Lee and book a consultation.