The older we get, the more aging indicators we develop. Many patients who undergo plastic surgery procedures are in their 30s, 40s, or 50s. But what about those who are older and are unsatisfied with their face or body? Is there a cut-off age for men and women who want to undergo plastic surgery? You might be analyzing yourself in the mirror and find yourself unhappy with some physical characteristics you have. But you might be worrying that you are too old for plastic surgery. The good news is, the age of the patient does not matter for plastic surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a study finds cosmetic procedures just as safe for elderly as for young. Patients over the age of 65 can undergo cosmetic surgery with the same complication rate as younger patients. Plastic surgery is a healthy and effective option for the right patient at any age.
What to Consider Before Surgery
Although age is not an obstacle for those seeking plastic surgery, the individual patient should consider some things before undergoing a surgical procedure. Plastic surgery is surgery and should be taken with seriousness and maturity.
Your Physical Health
Before surgery, your doctor will request that you get a full medical examination, including having blood testing done. If you have any current or had any previous medical conditions, you and your doctor will discuss whether they will affect your candidacy for surgery. However, there still may be some nonsurgical options available for diminishing the appearance of facial aging, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and facial fillers. Dr. Baker can fully evaluate your individual situation to help determine the best option for you.
Your Emotional Health
When someone wants to undergo plastic surgery, they may already have an idea in their head of what their results may look like. Some patients are expecting a subtle change that helps to improve their overall look. Others may think they are undergoing an entire transformation in their looks overnight but do not think about the recovery and healing time involved. Patients should be realistic in their expectations for surgery. They must be educated on what the procedure is designed for and what they can accomplish from surgery. They also must be emotionally ready for the entire surgical experience, include before, during, and after the procedure.
The best way to know if surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Baker. He can evaluate your anatomy, health, and goals to help you determine if surgery is a good option for you and your age.
It is never too late for plastic surgery. Are you interested in targeting facial aging with procedures such as facelift surgery, or do you want younger, more lifted breasts with breast lift surgery? Dr. Baker can help you decide on the best procedure for you. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon who can help you achieve a more youthful appearance. Contact us by calling (305) 859-4729 or by filling out our online contact form.