Plastic Surgery and Seniors: How old is too old?
People often think that just because you pass a certain age, it’s too late to improve your appearance. The major objective for plastic surgery is to look and feel better. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in 2010 nearly 85,000 surgical procedures were performed on patients age 65 and up. Some are looking for a renewal in life and others are still in the job market and want to appear more youthful. Most of our patients say, “I feel great. I want to look as good as I feel.” There are many options available, from laser skin resurfacing to Botox and Juvederm. More involved surgical options include facelifts, blepharoplasty (eye lid procedures), liposuction, and abdominoplasty (tummy tucks).
What about the health risks for older patients, and increased risk for life-threatening complications? What really matters is safety. Dr. Zemmel will perform a history and physical exam, as well as, blood and heart tests to assure you are a good candidate for surgery. All of this will be discussed at your consultation visit as part of the surgery process. It’s not for everyone, but cosmetic surgery can be life-changing. Let your outward appearance better match the younger person you feel inside.