Cosmetic Surgery Is Just As Safe For Seniors, Study Reports

Medical advancements and expanded knowledge about how to stay healthy and vibrant with lifestyle changes are allowing more and more people to live active and fulfilling lives as they age. And, with that, comes the desire of seniors to look as young and radiant as they feel. But many might be wondering whether their age makes undergoing cosmetic surgery procedures more risky.

Well, according to a study presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ annual scientific meeting in Chicago, there’s no need to worry.

“Our study demonstrated that patients over 65 years old can safely undergo cosmetic procedures with a complications rate similar to younger patients when surgery is performed by board-certified plastic surgeon,” explained Dr. Max Yezhelyev, who wrote the study.

Researchers found that older men and women are at no greater risk than younger patients of having complications with cosmetic surgery. As the average age of the U.S. population climbs, the study shows that seniors can take advantage of the opportunity to rejuvenate their appearance without added concern.

Published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the study — called Safety of Cosmetic Procedures in Elderly and Octogenarian Patients — reviewed information gathered from 2008 to 2013. A look at the numbers: Despite the seniors’ increased risk factors (higher incidence of diabetes and a slightly higher average Body Mass Index), the difference in their post-surgery complication rate was statistically insignificant compared to younger patients, 1.94 percent compared to 1.84 percent. Even for those age 80 and older, the rate was only 2.2 percent.

Seniors were more likely to choose facial procedures: 62.9 percent, compared to 12 percent. Only abdominoplasty indicated a higher complication rate: 5.4 percent to 3.9 percent. The most common postoperative complications in older patients were hematoma, infection and problems with the healing of wounds.

If you would like to reverse the signs of aging, schedule a consultation with Dr. Matthew Schulman, who is highly sought after as one of New York City’s top board-certified plastic surgeons.

Dr. Schulman offers face lift, eye lift (blepharoplasty), neck lift and forehead lift / brow lift, alongside a variety of non-surgical treatments, including Botox, to restore your youthful glow.

What’s Coming Up in Plastic Surgery for 2015? [Part 2]

Looking ahead to the new year, cosmetic procedures are expected to continue growing in popularity. Continuing the list we started in our previous blog post, here’s what the world of plastic surgery may see in 2015:

The Eyes Have It

The eyes are the major focal point of the face and a popular area for rejuvenation. Major advances in eye lift surgery (blepharoplasty) have made it easier than ever to improve the delicate eyelid area.

A variety of non-surgical treatments are also available for the eyes, for those who would rather not have surgery.

Keeping the Fat

Refinements in harvesting techniques will continue to fuel the boost in fat grafting. Surgeons like it as a facial filler because it lasts longer and looks more natural.

Dr. Matthew Schulman attracts patients from around the world with this exclusive SCOOP Lift buttock contouring procedure — his take on the popular Brazilian butt lift, which uses your body’s own fat to enhance your backside.

Breast augmentation can also be performed using a patient’s body fat. Using your own fat is safer, looks more natural and lasts longer than artificial implants.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

More patients are requesting minor procedures that can give them a major boost in their confidence — little tweaks such as ear reshaping surgery (otoplasty), injectable fillers, the removal of moles or birthmarks, and upper-lip lifts.

So, What’s Next?
Exciting new medical advancements are always being developed, especially in the field of plastic surgery. Next on the horizon, surgeons are hoping the FDA will soon approve fat-melting facial injections that can help reduce the appearance of double chins. A new topical form of Botox is also waiting for FDA approval.

If you’re looking to improve your appearance in 2015, visit one of New York City’s top board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Matthew Schulman. Dr. Schulman’s exquisite work attracts celebrities and other patients from all over the world. To schedule your private consultation, contact Matthew Schulman Plastic Surgery online or call 212-289-1851.