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.
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