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Cosmetic Surgeons Defend Breast Augmentation for Older Women

The surgeons at Cosmetic Surgery Associates of New York say a woman's health and motivation – not her age – should determine whether she is a good candidate for breast augmentation in Westchester County.

Westchester County, New York (May 2012) – As the popularity of breast enhancement increases, a growing number of older women are considering breast augmentation, Westchester plastic surgeon Dr. Joshua Greenwald says. He and his partners at Cosmetic Surgery Associates of New York see this as a beneficial and life-affirming trend.

"An older woman shouldn't be self-conscious about having breast enhancement," Dr. Greenwald says. "It can do wonders for her attitude and her self-esteem. With cosmetic surgery, I strive to bridge the gap between how a patient looks and how she feels. If a person doesn't feel old, there's no reason why she should have to look old."

According to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, about 85,000 Americans age 65 and older have cosmetic surgery each year.

Dr. Samuel Beran, one of Dr. Greenwald's partners at Cosmetic Surgery Associates, says cosmetic plastic surgery for New York women can be a very positive experience when it is done for the right reasons.

"If the woman is healthy and active, there's no reason she wouldn't be a good candidate for a number of cosmetic procedures, no matter what her age," Dr. Guzman said.

He mentioned the buzz that was created a few months ago when 83-year-old Marie Kolstad appeared on The View to discuss her breast lift and implants with Barbara Walters and the other co-hosts of the popular daytime talk show.

"This woman was very healthy and active – a businesswoman who works with the public and wanted to present a healthful, energetic image to herself and to the world," Dr. Guzman said. "She said the procedure increased her self-assurance and made her feel good about herself. It's no different than if she had undergone a face lift, or some other procedure that's more common among her age group."

Dr. Joshua Greenwald, who specializes in cosmetic surgery and breast reconstruction at Cosmetic Surgery Associates, agrees.

"Older women don't think twice about procedures such as a facelift or BOTOX® in Westchester anymore," Dr. Greenwald says, "but many women fear that a breast procedure would be perceived as frivolous."

There's nothing frivolous about the change cosmetic and reconstructive surgery can make in a woman's confidence and attitude about life, says Dr. Greenwald, another one of the surgeons at Cosmetic Surgery Associates of New York.

"Even after a mastectomy, some older women feel it would be self-indulgent to have breast reconstruction surgery," Dr. Greenwald says. "But those cancer survivors who have had the procedure have a fresh, new, positive outlook on life."

Sometimes, it can make such a change in their lives that they come back to Cosmetic Surgery Associates for additional cosmetic procedures, such as ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty from Dr. Samuel Beran, a nationally recognized leader in the field of body sculpting.

For more information about any of our cosmetic procedures and treatments, request a complimentary consultation online or contact us at (914) 761-8667(914) 761-8667. Our surgeons look forward to helping you achieve your reconstructive and cosmetic goals.

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