How Old is Too Old for Cosmetic Surgery?
Most people believe cosmetic surgery is riskier for senior citizens than younger adults. However, would be wrong according to a recent study by plastic surgeons at Vanderbilt University Medical Center identifying senior citizens are at no higher risk for complications from cosmetic surgery than younger patients that was just released. The doctors analyzed data from more than 129,000 patients during a five-year period and found there was no difference in the number in the rate of complications for individuals older or younger than 65 years old.
“Our study demonstrated that patients over 65 can safely undergo cosmetic procedures with a complications rate similar to younger patients when surgery is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon,” said Max Yezhelyev, M.D., Ph.D., the author of the study and a plastic surgery resident at Vanderbilt.
There are an increasing number of older patients undergoing cosmetic surgery every year the study also revealed.Senior patients accounted for more than 6,700 of the participants included in the database with an average age of 69. The younger patients in the study age averaged 39.The rate of major postoperative complications after cosmetic procedures among elderly patients was 1.94%, as compared to 1.84%for the younger group. The average age in the study was 69 years old. However, when looking at patients 80 and over with the average age being 82, the rate of complication was only 2.2 percent compared to 1.9 percent for younger patients. As you can see, there’s not much of a difference.
Facial procedures were the most common in patients over 65. Surprisingly, most of the older patients were men, rather than females. The demographics of younger patients included more females.
Stephen Weiland, M.D. founder of the Weiland Group is a double board certified plastic surgeon with over 25 years of experience working with all age groups. He can answer all of your questions to help you feel better about deciding to make positive changes to the way you look and feel.