Health is more important than age in suitability for surgery
A significantly large number of patients over the age of 65 are seeking cosmetic surgery, and the trend seems to be on the increase. The number of over 65’s having cosmetic surgery has increased over 350% in the past 5 years! The most popular surgeries for those over 65 are eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), which also has a medical reasoning to help vision, facelifts, breast reductions as well as skin resurfacing.
Studies have suggested that the risk of procedures performed were not significantly higher than those of a younger age, when older patients were properly screened. So it is apparent that age is not the most important factor in determining the eligibility of candidates for surgery, health is. It is always important to screen every patient for possible medical conditions that could complicate surgery, such as heart conditions or diabetes, any factors that would cause poor circulation or weaken the immune system. This is critical in patients of all ages, younger patients included. Proper screening is vital. When and if a patient does have an existing medical condition a patient’s doctors have to converse over the risks of any elective procedure.
It is suggested that as the “baby boomer” generation ages, there will be more and more patients over the age of 65 seeking cosmetic surgery. Whether you are seeking a facelift, blepharoplasty or any other cosmetic procedures, at the Cosmetic and Restorative Surgery Clinic, safety is above all else. It is essential that all medical conditions are always reported so that we may assess your eligibility as a patient. Your health always comes first!
The above photos are an example of an older patient being rejuvenated by means of a facelift, browlift and eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty).