Many Delaying Having Babies, Facelifts

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As people are now living longer, they appear to be savoring their youth as well, delaying certain major milestones like getting married and having children. Tied to that, it seems, many are also waiting to get cosmetic surgery procedures.

In 1990, American women got married at age 23.9. In 2010, that number bumped up to 26.1, according the U.S. Census. In a similar fashion, women ages 35 or older made up 9 percent of those who gave birth. In 2008, that number increased to 14 percent of the women giving birth in the U.S., according to the Pew Research Center.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery sees a similar correlation with these numbers and when people are making cosmetic improvements.

“Elective cosmetic procedures among patients age 65 and older, both surgical and nonsurgical, rose 29 percent from 2005 to 2010, to more than 680,000. During that same period, cosmetic procedures among the overall population fell 17 percent,” the ASAPS said.

Some surgical risks may increase as we age and should be taken into consideration before proceeding with treatments, according to a Wall Street Journal article that warns, “Rates of healing, reactions to anesthesia, the potential for complications-all can be different, and perhaps more problematic, for those age 60-plus.”

The ASAPS stresses the importance of understanding your choices in anesthesia (local or general) and their risks and side effects. Working with a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon who is knowledgable about how anesthesia interacts with aging bodies is key in keeping you safe as you consider a procedure later in life.

So how about you? Did you wait to get married and have kids, and how does that affect the way you will prolong your good looks?

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