Age is just a number. We have come closer to genuinely believing this idea in recent years but still turn to the pros for help when age starts to get the better of us. In the field of cosmetic plastic surgery, age is just a number. However, it is an important one. While we don’t go so far as to say that it’s possible to be too old for cosmetic surgery, we will say that the age at which plastic surgery is performed does affect aspects of the process, such as risks and the longevity of results.
How Long Plastic Surgery Results Last
It seems obvious to say that the person who has plastic surgery at a younger age will enjoy longer lasting results. However, this may not be true across the board. While one paper published in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery suggested that men and women who underwent a facelift before age 50 had better long-term results than patients whose facelift was performed after that age, several factors still need to be considered when discussing longevity.
Additional studies on the subject of facelift surgery indicate that patients over the age of 60 obtained significant benefits from facelift surgery. Ultimately, though, what research has revealed is that the signs of aging are more substantial later in life. Therefore, when a procedure like a facelift or eyelid rejuvenation is performed earlier, results can actually appear more dramatic.
Age as a Factor in Surgical Candidacy
Can your age prevent you from having cosmetic surgery when you’re ready? It’s possible. Rather than look only at age, though, your doctor will consider your general health. Many patients in their 70’s and even 80’s undergo elective surgical procedures with only slightly higher risks than their younger counterparts.
Age and Quality of Life
Whether cosmetic surgery is obtained at age 30 or at age 60 or older, one of the primary benefits reported by patients is an improvement in their quality of life. Sometimes, this increase comes from feeling at home in the body; knowing that outward appearance matches how one feels on the inside. In some cases, the improvement in the quality of life revolves around a particular benefit. For example, some rhinoplasty patients look better and breathe easier after their nose is reshaped. Patients who undergo blepharoplasty to correct drooping eyelids look and feel more awake and may even see better because tissue is no longer sagging into their field of vision.
Reno plastic surgeon Dr. Dahan has performed thousands of procedures. Let our team help you discover the immense value of the right cosmetic surgery. Contact us online or call (775) 826-4477 to schedule your visit.