People in their 50s and 60s, myself included, often enjoy traveling, finding new hobbies, and spending time with family and new grandchildren. This time in life also often enables you to focus on yourself, devoting newfound time to your own needs. For many of my patients, this means making lifestyle and aesthetic changes, such as a breast augmentation or lift at my practice on Long Island. Some of my patients also got breast implants when they were younger and realize by this age that it’s time for revision.
Either way, some of the most significant changes to the body and breasts can come during this time in life. If you’ve been following along with our series on how breasts and breast implants age over time, welcome back! If not, I encourage you to read the first post of this series to learn how breasts may change in the 20s and the second post on the 30s and 40s. Now let’s look at how the body and breasts change for women in their 50s, 60s, and beyond.
Ptosis (Sagging of the Breasts)
I think it’s safe to say that one of the biggest culprits of aging is the force of gravity. Many people complain of sagging cheeks, eyelids, midsections, and more as they grow older. Breasts are no different. After nursing, losing, weight, or just with age, breasts may begin to drop lower than they used to, resulting in ptosis, or sagging, of the breasts.
However, a breast lift can reverse this issue without a significant loss of volume and regardless of whether you have existing implants or not. The breast lift procedure removes extra loose skin from the breast and around the nipple, lifting the tissue to a higher position on the chest without losing much volume. Sometimes, women choose to add a small implant, which adds a little extra volume during their lift and can give the upper area of the breasts a fuller, more youthful appearance.
This is also a common reason for revision breast augmentation. Many women have had implants for a decade or more by this time in their lives and are ready for a new style. Any sagging can be addressed during a revision procedure by adding a lift.
Appearance of Skin
The last 2 posts in this series have focused mostly on the shape and size of breasts as they change through time. But what about the skin that covers your neck and décolletage? Because most skincare products and makeup are applied only to the face, these other areas are easy to disregard. But sun spots, age spots, fine lines, and uneven skin tone across the chest can reveal a lot about age and skin health.
One popular solution used to treat these skin issues is laser rejuvenation. A CO2 laser works by damaging the top layer of skin so that it regenerates healthy, new skin cells in the treated area. Results can reduce or remove the appearance of age spots, sun spots, and discoloration. The treatment also boots collagen production, so fine lines and creases are reduced and skin is tightened. This treatment can be used on the face, neck, and chest for a smooth, more youthful appearance and a healthy, natural glow.
The natural course of aging unfortunately makes us more susceptible to illness and disease. Because women in their 50s and 60s are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than younger women, mastectomies also become more common during this age range. Whether a woman receives one to treat cancer or as a preventive method, breast reconstruction after mastectomy is a popular and effective option.
Reconstruction may be discussed with the oncologist and other doctors involved with the cancer treatment, and the reconstruction can be completed immediately after or a few months or years after the mastectomy has been conducted. Reconstruction offers many women a wide range of opportunities for creating a healthy, natural-looking result for their recovery. You can see some of these patients’ results and read their stories in our photo gallery. The patient featured below has a unique story and was able to achieve a symmetrical, natural-looking result with our help. Read her story here.
Life can give us a wide variety of adventures, and sometimes our bodies reveal more than we’d like. Many patients that I’ve visited with for breast augmentation, reconstruction, lift, and other procedures at my Long Island practice have said that seeking a solution to the physical issues that bothered them had a significant impact on their confidence and comfort in their bodies. I’m honored to play a role in these chapters of my patients’ lives.
If you have any questions about aging of the breasts, I encourage you to leave them in a comment below. Or, contact us online so we can continue the conversation together.