Can you be too old for a Breast Reduction?

November 11, 2014

*Disclaimer – There is no guarantee of specific results and results can vary from patient to patient. Our team of consultant plastic surgeons will ensure you are in safe hands and discuss your results at your consultation.

In a recent article published on, they cited a study by the journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

The study found that infections following the surgery are more common in women older than 50. So for those considering breast reduction surgery, it may be a good idea to do it sooner rather than later.

However, it’s important to remember that the overall risk is generally low for this procedure.

Breast reduction (mammoplasty) is an increasingly popular procedure. Large breasts have the ability to make women look larger than they actually are. Concealing their breast size becomes what clothes shopping is all about. More troubling is the neck, shoulder and back pain that can be caused by large breasts. A Breast Reduction is a solution that will help women both aesthetically and alleviates back, shoulder and neck pain associated with overly large breasts.

So why is there an increase in risk of infection within little more than a 10 year age difference? The soon to be published study finds that a contributing factor may be declining hormone levels. It’s important to remember that all risks can be minimised and with simple precautions for the patient and the clinic. At the Avoca Clinic, we routinely give antibiotics in the days following your surgery to minimize any risks of infection.

Our Breast Reduction procedure can restore proportion to a woman’s body and give her a more shapely figure. The recovery time varies from patient to patient but a recent patient survey shows that most women will be back at work within fourteen days following this procedure. You will be required to diligently follow the discharge instructions from the clinic to avoid any unnecessary complications. Your participation in our aftercare programme is absolutely necessary. Your dressing appointments and review appointments with your surgeons must be adhered to. This is in your best interests which is our main concern post-surgery. For your complete assurance, we have a nurse-on-call 24/7 365 days of the year for any emergency calls.

Read more about Breast Reduction.

Our Patient Advisors would be happy to give you more details. Give us a call on 01 201 4563, we look forward to welcoming you to The Avoca Clinic.

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