What You Need to Know About Breast Surgery in Your 40s

Your 40s are a great time to “refresh” your look: You’ve built a successful career, established adult relationships, created a foundation for yourself, and possibly started a family. You’ve done it all—and you deserve a reward. Now is the perfect time to proactively take control of your body and ensure that you both look and feel your best. If you’re like many 40-plus women, having your breasts enhanced is probably a core component of your total rejuvenation plan.

What do you need to know about breast augmentation in your 40s?

Breast augmentation surgery is usually fairly straightforward in 40-plus women. At this age, your body is relatively young and therefore able to heal efficiently, minimizing the risk of complications. There are, however, still a few things you need to be aware of before proceeding:

  • It’s a good idea to have a mammogram done prior to surgery. Though mammograms are not always required in order to have breast implants at this age (they generally become a requirement when a woman is over 50), it’s still a good idea to have one. Not only will it allow your doctor and surgeon to identify potential problems, it is also a good baseline of breast health and will give your surgeon a more accurate picture of your breast structure. (Note that you will also need to continue with standard breast exams after having implants. Implants do not replace your natural breast tissue and it’s therefore still possible develop breast cancer and other issues after having breast augmentation.)
  • You may want to talk to your surgeon about a combined lift and augmentation surgery. While not all women in their 40s need a breast lift, many do. If you have had children, it’s almost certain that you will need a breast lift. Fortunately, lift and augmentation surgeries can be combined, allowing you to save money and cut down on your total recovery time.
  • You will need to be in good overall health. This point is true for women of any age: You will need to have a strong immune system and be in good health in order to have breast augmentation surgery. If you have diabetes, heart disease, lung problems, or any other condition that might impede recovery, you may not be eligible for this surgery.

As is the case at any age, you will need to make sure you select a skilled and knowledgeable plastic surgeon in order to achieve optimal results—especially if you opt for a combined lift and augmentation surgery. If you have any additional questions about getting breast implants in your 40s, feel free to book a consultation with Dr. Flugstad. He will be happy to guide you through the augmentation and recovery process.

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