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Plastic Surgery for an Aging Population

As the average life expectancy for Americans grows longer, seniors are maintaining an active lifestyle much longer as well. Just like our other patients, these older patients feel a lot younger than they look, and they want their physical appearance to reflect their energy level.

Living Better

Denver residents aren’t just living longer; they’re living better. Although they may be far past the age of retirement, many seniors are remaining very active during this period of their lives. Not only is the average physical health better in most seniors than it was a few decades ago, but many are also more well-off economically.

As a result, it’s not unusual for my consultations to take place with prospective patients in their 60s and 70s. There isn’t a magic age when someone becomes too old for cosmetic surgery. Rather, that decision is based on a multitude of factors: age, general health and appearance goals. Age isn’t a prime consideration.

Precautions for Older Patients

Older patients should receive medical clearance prior to undergoing general anesthesia, just to be on the safe side. If already receiving medical treatment from a primary physician, it’s a good idea to have their clearance as well. Then, if patients receive a clean bill of health during the preoperative evaluation and exam, and are generally in good condition otherwise, they’re considered good candidates for surgery, including plastic surgery.

Age Is a State of Mind

In 2010, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reported that nearly 685,000 patients over age 65 chose to undergo cosmetic procedures that year, both surgical and nonsurgical. These included laser skin resurfacing, eyelid lifts and facelifts, BOTOX® injections and even liposuction. Denver residents over 65 who may be considering cosmetic surgery should not have second thoughts based on their age. Instead, consider plastic surgery as one of many lifestyle choices that can help you feel and look your best.*

*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.

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