Is 53 too old for breast reduction surgery??

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Posted: 10/3/2012 8:57:37 PM
I am seriously considering starting the process for breast reduction surgery. I will be 53 this month. That means that I have carried extra weight in the girls for about 40 plus years!! I am thinner now than I have been in awhile and I am more active. I stay in pain across my back and shoulders, have permanent ridges where the bra straps stay, and get rashes regularly. I would like to do this for my comfort.

I am aware how grueling the healing process can be, but I am sure my experience will not be as bad as my daughters as I am not much of a complainer and I have a high pain tolerance.

What do you say? Am I too old to go this path??


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Posted: 10/3/2012 9:00:21 PM
Two questions:

Do you think your healing experience will be any easier if you wait until you're older than you are now?

How many more years do you want to be in back/shoulder pain?

I'd say I'd go for it if I could afford it and my doctor said it had more pros than cons.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 9:03:25 PM
My neighbor is 55 and just went thru this. As long as you're in good health, why not?
Her recovery wasn't bad.


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Posted: 10/3/2012 9:04:02 PM
I think if you're in good health and it will enhance your quality of life, go for it!



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Posted: 10/3/2012 9:06:04 PM
It's probably a better age, especially if you are an active person. No worries about the changes after pregnancies and menopause.


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Posted: 10/3/2012 9:06:12 PM
Not too old at all! Do it!

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Posted: 10/3/2012 9:08:26 PM
My mom's best friend had her reduction done in her mid-50s, was thrilled with the results and said she would do it again in a heartbeat.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 10:12:53 PM
Do it! A friend,age 48 had it done and all the neck pain she had has gone,and you can now see that she is a thin person!


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Posted: 10/3/2012 10:22:32 PM
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Posted: 10/3/2012 10:29:09 PM
No way! I had mine done when I was in my twenties but whatever your age, it will change your life. I have never heard anyone who's had one say they regretted it.

And for what it's worth, I didn't find the healing process difficult at all and I'm sure they've made many advances since I had mine done in the 80s.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 10:46:16 PM
I had it done a few days after I turned 25. I would do it at any age. The relief from back, shoulder and neck pain was instant.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 10:51:22 PM
One of my co workers had it done in her 60's, did great, and just had a tummy tuck at 70. If it makes you more comfortable, I say go for it.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 11:50:07 PM
If you are doing it for you and for reasons to do with you then bugger the age - if you were 80 I would still say go for it.

If you are doing it because someone is pressuring you into having this done for reasons apart from your own health then I would say no - but again that no would not be related to your age.



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Posted: 10/3/2012 11:54:10 PM
I had the surgery at 50. It was one of the best things I have ever done for myself. There is no way to explain how free I feel now.

I read everything I could find online about how to recover successfully, and followed the advice. I took it slow and didn't have a single problem with recovery.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 11:57:15 PM
I had mine last December. I'm 59 now. I love, love what I did.

Believe me it's one of the best things you'll ever do.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 1:08:57 AM
Do it! A friend, who had the most enormous bosoms had it done a couple of years ago and it has transformed her life. No more back ache, neck ache and days off work because of it. She is loving being able to buy normal, frilly lacy bras 'off the peg' instead of specially made ugly things that look as if they should be coming out of the back of a fighter jet and cost a fortune.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 4:21:59 AM
Oh my no it's NOT. I had mine done at 51....I am 53 now. BEST thing I ever did for me. I had 10...yes 10 pounds removed. Little to no healing issues. Make sure you can take off as much time as possible. I am a teacher so I did it on July 1 and had all of July and August to heal.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 5:30:59 AM
I had one at 40 and it was one of the best things I have ever done for myself! My healing process was a little difficult, but even with that I would do it all over again. Definitely check out the site that Christine linked. It is a wonderful site.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 5:35:58 AM
I had it done in my 30's, however, if I wanted to have it done in my 50's I wouldn't hesitate!

You are young and vital! Oh, and the healing process wasn't grueling at all--nor was it terribly painful. Get yourself a wonderful plastic surgeon and do your homework. Good luck and keep us posted!

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Posted: 10/4/2012 6:04:17 AM
I just turned 40 and am Hoping to get it done this year! I say go for it!

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Posted: 10/4/2012 6:17:27 AM
Go for it!!!!! Best thing I ever did!
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Posted: 10/4/2012 3:17:44 PM
Unless your doctor/surgeon advises that you might be at some kind of particular risk for any kind of surgery due to your individual health, I can't think why 53 would be too 'old' for a reduction. I can't think of a single reason to go another 30 years or so dealing with the current issues you are having that are caused by your breast size.

I had mine done when I was 42, and am almost 49 now, and I wouldn't hesitate to have it done now if I hadn't already. I can't see any reason why I wouldn't have it if I was a few years older.

Like others have said, it was one of the best things I have ever done for myself. The relief was immediate. No more constant back, shoulder and neck aches and accompanying headaches. Eventually the channels in my shoulders, which can result in nerve damage, smoothed away.

To me it's like saying is 53 too old for heart surgery, or to have your appendix out, or some other surgery that is going to make you feel better and healthier? Of course not.

Unless there is some reason why you might not be a good candidate for surgery because it puts you at greater risk, I would definitely look into it.

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