Can You Be Too Old for Cosmetic Surgery?

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In our modern times, people are living healthy, active lifestyles into their 70s and 80s. This new population is still busy engaging in hobbies, investing in new relationships, and enjoying life. A growing number, who wish their appearance more accurately reflected how they feel, are seeking out a large range of cosmetic procedures.

But can you be too old for cosmetic surgery?

In short, whether or not you are a good candidate for cosmetic surgery doesn’t have much to do with your age, and much more to do with your health and your expectations. More specifically, you and your doctor will discuss three different topics when deciding whether a certain procedure will be safe and effective for you:


  • Your general health. First and foremost, your doctor will review your medical history with you. Patients who have a history of heart attack and stroke usually are not good candidates for elective surgery. Patients who have a lot of general health conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, may also not be a good fit.



  • Your desired results. Older patients should have realistic expectations for their procedures. Those in their 70s or 80s should understand that a facelift or Ultherapy will not make them look 30 again. While procedures for older patients can improve their appearance and restore self-esteem and confidence, changes may be relatively subtle.



  • The procedure in question. Cosmetic procedures cover a wide range of complexities, recovery times, and risks. While some patients may not be ideal candidates for a procedure that requires anesthesia, they could take advantage of a non-invasive procedure that does not involve full anesthesia. Likewise, an older person may have a more difficult recovery from some procedures, while other recoveries would be easier to handle.


Common Cosmetic Surgeries or Cosmetic Procedures For Older Seniors

After a certain age, there may be less reason to have some types of cosmetic surgery; for example, breast augmentations and liposuction simply aren’t very common among older seniors, who tend to be more comfortable with their bodies and more accepting of their age. However, other types of procedures are more popular, for a few different reasons, including:


  • Non-surgical procedures. Non-surgical and non-invasive procedures, such as Ultherapy to lift and tighten skin, are great choices for older seniors who not want the anesthesia or recovery time associated with invasive procedures.



  • Facelift. While younger patients may get their wished results from a non-invasive facial procedure, such as Ultherapy or IPL therapy, healthy older patients with severely sagging skin may benefit more from a traditional, surgical facelift.



  • Eyelid surgery. Some older seniors have eyelids that sag to the point that their vision is affected. In these cases, healthy patients often consider blepharoplasty to improve their appearance and their vision. Blepharoplasty may be covered by your health insurance policy if your sagging eyelids are harming your vision.


Schedule A Complimentary Consultation Today

No matter your age, there may be a procedure that fits your wishes and needs, either at our Surgical Arts Centre or at our medical spa. To talk to a doctor about whether you may be a good candidate for a cosmetic procedure, please call us today at 406.549.6600 or fill out this short form.