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Women seek a custom breast procedure at different ages, from the 20s to the 60s and beyond. Each age group tends to focus on specific surgical corrections. In the earlier decades, breast augmentation and correction of inherited breast shape problems are often sought, while later in life, women may seek treatment for sagging breasts, or require breast reconstruction.

No matter what your age, you want your breast surgery to be performed by a highly-rated, board-certified plastic surgeon with a reputation for excellence in surgical technique, patient care, and outcomes: Dr. Darren Smith.

The 30s

Many issues seen in the 20s (size, shape, hereditary concerns) are also addressed in the 30s (augmentation remains most common). Additionally, we start to see issues associated with weight gain, weight loss, pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Changes after pregnancy and breastfeeding

“Deflated” appearing or sagging (“ptotic”) breasts

  • Most frequently treated with breast lift with or without implants depending on desired size
  • Mild cases of breast ptosis can sometimes be addressed with breast implants alone

Enlarged or distorted areola

  • Treated with areola reshaping or reduction procedure

Enlarged nipples

  • Treated with nipple reduction procedure

Changes with weight loss

Similar to the situation after pregnancy and breastfeeding (loss of breast volume leads to relative skin excess, causing a deflated appearance)

  • Treated with breast augmentation/breast lift

“Deflated” appearing or sagging (“ptotic”) breasts

  • Most frequently treated with breast lift with or without implants depending on desired size
  • Mild cases of breast ptosis can sometimes be addressed with breast implant alone

Inverted nipples

  • Correct with nipple eversion procedures

Address breast size, shape

Most common: small breasts: Addressed with breast augmentation

  • Silicone implants
  • Saline implants
  • Structured saline implants

Changes with weight gain

Breast enlargement

  • Treated with breast reduction

The 40s

In addition to addressing the changes from childbearing described above, this is a time during which the focus of breast surgery is often on rejuvenating the breasts and restoring their appearance to a state of vitality and youth.

  • Breasts that are sagging, or ptotic, may be lifted with a mastopexy.
  • Breasts that are sagging only mildly and are smaller than desired can be treated with breast implants alone.
  • If there is significant volume loss in addition to the ptosis, the patient may opt for a mastopexy (breast lift) with implants.
  • In instances in which the breasts are larger than desired, with or without ptosis, a breast reduction is a common solution.
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The 50s and beyond

In addition to addressing the changes in breast shape and volume frequently corrected in earlier decades, women who have implants in place may desire a change in appearance or require maintenance procedures.

  • Implant malposition (for example “bottoming out” due to gravity over time)

    Corrected with breast implant revision surgery.

  • Breast asymmetry

    Improved with a breast lift (mastopexy), adjustment of the height of the fold beneath the breast (the “inframammary fold”), or other procedures.

  • Breast implant removal

    Women that no longer want to have implants in place can have them removed. Some may opt for a breast lift (mastopexy) at the same time to address the skin excess and sagging appearance that frequently occurs after a larger implant is removed.

  • Improve breast size, shape, projection

    Procedures like breast augmentations, lifts and reductions are popular in this group as well for those that wish to improve the appearance of their breasts.

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  • Breast Procedures By Age NYC

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