Plastic Surgery Risks Are Not Dependent On Age

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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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