Plastic Surgery – Beyond the Age Barrier

As the population ages, and increasing numbers of people are staying healthy, maintaining active lives and living longer, so too the number of older patients who are considering plastic surgery is on the rise. Many persons in their 60’s, 70’s and 80’s feel and act younger than might be implied by their age alone. And so for some looking as young as they feel is a valid and tangible goal. Patients often wish facial rejuvenation with facelift, necklift, eyelid lift or fillers. Others are interested in body contouring with liposuction, arm lifts or tummy tucks. Some women choose breast enhancement such as breast lift or reduction, whereas men opt for gynecomastia correction.

There is no absolute cutoff age when a patient is no longer a candidate for plastic surgery. Many plastic surgery procedures today may be performed under minimal anaesthesia and require short operating times. This leads to minimal downtime and quicker recovery. Minimally invasive techniques may be combined with modified surgical procedures in this patient population. The pre-operative assessment is extremely important, including a complete medical evaluation and necessary bloodwork and any required testing. Nutritional factors, skin quality and wound healing must all be taken into consideration when assessing the older patient for any plastic surgery. A thorough and comprehensive discussion with your plastic surgeon and establishing realistic expectations are also critical.

If you are considering undergoing an aesthetic plastic surgery procedure, Dr. Olivia Hutchinson will be happy to discuss your interests and all available options. Please call our office at 212 452-1400 or contact us to schedule an appointment in NYC or Englewood, NJ.

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