Study: Cosmetic Surgery is not less safe for 65+ Group

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American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Oculofacial Plastic Surgery American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery American Academy of Ophthalmology American Board of Ophthalmology American College of Surgeons (ACS) WillsEye Hospital Philadelphia, PA

According to a recent study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, older men and women who undergo cosmetic surgery do not experience significantly higher rates of complications compared to younger adults who undergo cosmetic procedures. Researchers also found that the older group of patients underwent more aesthetic facial procedures than the younger group.

Researchers noted that America's aging population is increasingly pursuing cosmetic surgery rejuvenation, and that many of these patients and their doctors want to know if the 65+ population is at a greater risk of complications. Researchers reviewed a database of patients containing information dating back to May 2008 to analyze and compare complication rates.

Of course, cosmetic surgery is not right for everyone. At Morgenstern Center, we are committed to your safety and well-being, and Dr. Morgenstern makes sure you are a good candidate for the procedure you are requesting. Important aspects of the study include:

  • The mean age of elderly patients was 69 years old
  • The mean age of younger patients was 39 years old
  • Post-operative complications among the older group occurred at a rate of 1.94 percent
  • Post-operative complications among the younger group occurred at a rate of 1.84 percent

The small difference in complication rates between the two age groups is statistically insignificant.

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