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implantsMany women wonder when it is too late to get breast implants. The thought of getting the procedure while raising children isn’t ideal for many women but the the question arises, is it safe to get implants once you’ve reached the age of, for example, 40? The Cleveland Clinic takes on this and other questions in a recent article titled “What You Should Know About Breast Implants After 40.”

According to the Cleveland Clinic’s Women’s Health Team, “Women older than 40 tend to have more realistic expectations about what breast augmentation can do for them and why they want the surgery in the first place. According to Dr. Moreira, the primary concern with this age group is that some of these women may have a loss of volume with a lot of excess skin on the breast due to childbirth or weight loss. The surgeon needs to evaluate whether this excess skin will interfere with the aesthetics of the implant. If enough excess skin exists to detract from the look of the augmentation, the woman may need to have a breast lift at the same time as the breast augmentation procedure. However, a breast lift will leave more noticeable scars than a breast augmentation. Women need to understand this before agreeing to the procedure, says Dr. Moreira. Despite any concerns, it’s really no big mystery as to why more women older than 40 are choosing to have breast augmentations. Dr. Moreira says that older women are typically more self-assured about their place in life and are often more financially secure than many younger women, which likely contributes to this growing trend. ‘Women past childbearing age have no intention of spending their later years feeling frustrated by their bodies and most report high levels of satisfaction after undergoing breast augmentation surgery,’ she says.”

If you are considering breast augmentation, you need a trusted, revered surgeon. Rex E. Moulton-Barrett, M.D. is internationally known and recognized. He is board certified with The American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and The American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Moulton-Barrett uses minimally invasive procedures during breast implant surgery. Generally, silicone implants are a good option for patients that have thinner chest walls or patients that are otherwise at higher risk for rippling post surgery. This rippling is most noticeable in the lateral and lower breast poles. You should consult with your surgeon to learn more about the individualized benefits of saline implants, silicone implants, and Sientra “gummy bear” implant in addition to advanced methods of breast augmentation that decrease risk of scarring.

If you’re considering breast augmentation, contact us for a consultation.