When performed by a skilled and experienced surgeon, plastic surgery can yield life-changing results. Surgical intervention can help to reduce the visible signs of aging, providing you with a refreshed and rejuvenated physical appearance. As such, plastic surgery is a popular option among adults of all ages.
This is true even of older patients, who are often especially concerned with addressing the visible signs of age. The question is, are older patients eligible for safe, successful procedures? Or does their age place them in a higher category of surgical risk?
What Studies Say
Naturally, this is a question that many plastic surgeons have wrestled with in the past, meaning that there is a body of evidence regarding the surgical risks experienced by older adults.
One report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons outlines some encouraging insight. According to this report, “Older men and women who choose to undergo cosmetic procedures remain safe and have complications at a rate no different than their younger counterparts.”
More specifically, the report notes that patients who are over the age of 65 can pursue plastic surgery without experiencing any higher rate of risk or complication than patients who are younger.
The American Academy of Dermatology arrives at a similar conclusion, noting that patients 65 and older do not face higher risks than other patients who seek plastic surgery, with one exception. According to their findings, older patients do see higher risks associated with the tummy tuck procedure, in particular.
The AAD report goes as far as to say that older plastic surgery patients tend to be in better health than their younger counterparts. Often, they are closer to their ideal body weight, and they are also less likely to be smokers.