Your age doesn’t determine if you qualify for a breast lift. Women can have a breast lift at any age. But there are other variables that affect your ability to have surgery and your long-term results, and some of those are related to age.
The team at Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton has years of experience creating fabulous breast lift results in women of all ages. If you’re thinking about getting a breast lift and wondering if you’re a good candidate, schedule a consultation with Rafael C. Cabrera, MD, FACS.
Dr. Cabrera considers it an honor to enhance women’s appearance at every age. When you meet, he lets you know if a breast lift will work for you. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about the variables that influence the success of a breast lift.
Impact of aging on breasts
Virtually every woman experiences changes in their breasts as they get older. Like it or not, aging leads to loss of volume, loose skin, and saggy breasts. The age at which those changes occur and the extent of the problem is different for each person.
Age-related changes that lead to sagging breasts — a condition called breast ptosis, when the breasts’ support structures fail — include:
- Supporting ligaments stretch and lose elasticity
- Breast skin loses strength and resilience
- Pregnancies stretch and weaken connective tissues
- Weight gain enlarges your breasts, making them more likely to sag
- Weight loss may leave loose skin
- Gravity pulls down on breasts
The size of your breasts also has an impact. Larger, heavier breasts give in to gravity and aging more quickly.
How a breast lift solves the problem
A breast lift is the perfect solution for saggy breasts because it has one goal: to tighten, lift, and restore the shape of your breasts. Dr. Cabrera also resizes and repositions the areolas to create natural-looking breasts.
During a breast lift, Dr. Cabrera doesn’t change the size of your breast; he improves its contour. But you can have a breast augmentation or breast reduction at the same time as your lift.
Health is more important than age
Age alone doesn’t prevent you from having a breast lift, but there are other variables that may affect your options, such as:
Your health is by far the most important factor when deciding if you can have elective surgery like a breast lift. Age factors into your overall health because your risk of developing chronic health conditions increases as you get older.
Some problems, such as heart and lung conditions or a blood clotting disorder, can affect your ability to have surgery. Dr. Cabrera may also ask you to have a mammogram prior to surgery, depending on your age and risk factors for breast cancer.
You get the best results from a breast lift if you maintain a healthy weight. Gaining or losing weight after your surgery can reverse the results, and you may end up with sagging breasts again.
Whether it’s in the form of cigarettes, vaping, or gum, nicotine is bad news when you plan to have plastic surgery. Nicotine decreases blood flow in your skin, which in turn slows down healing. In the worst case, nicotine can lead to tissue death and infection.
If you smoke, you can still have a breast lift, but you’ll need to stop for a significant time before and after your surgery.
Evaluating your expectations
During your consultation, Dr. Cabrera talks with you about the changes you want to achieve and the results you can expect. Though he can’t predict long-term results, he can identify any issues that might affect your outcome. If he anticipates any problems, he talks about other options that can help you achieve your goals.
To learn if you’re a good candidate for a breast lift, call Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton or request an appointment online today.