Plastic Surgery Risks Are Not Dependent On Age

If you've been thinking about plastic surgery but been reluctant to inquire about it because of your age, this is exciting news. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 12 percent of the American population is older than 65, and many of them go under the knife every year. While people have commonly held the belief that cosmetic surgery is unsafe for the elderly, new research from The Cleveland Clinic proves otherwise.

The new research suggests that age should not be the determining factor when deciding whether or not a senior should have plastic surgery. The study, published online in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, analyzed how 148 women younger than 65, and 68 women older than 65, had managed during facelifts and any resulting complications.

After following the women over a period of three years, findings showed that there were no significant differences between the complication rates of both groups. In other words, age was not an independent predictor of risk. More research is necessary to determine if there is a higher age limit for safe facelifts.

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  • Leslie Stevens
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    Over the years, the average age of patients having face lifts has gotten younger. It has become more acceptable in society and is being done as a "maintenance" or preemptive procedure to fight the effects of aging earlier in the process. Anesthesia techniques have also improved and risks have decreased. Having aesthetic surgery performed by a board certified plastic or facial plastic surgeon in an accredited operating facility with anesthesia administered by a board certified anesthesiologist is key! There is no substitute for good judgment as to whom is a suitable surgical candidate at any age.

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