Can a person be too young or too old for cosmetic surgery? Today, adults of all ages are turning to cosmetic surgery to enhance their image.
Generally, adults of any age who are in good health can benefit from cosmetic surgery. Facelift surgery, for example, is a procedure many people think is only for patients in their 50s or 60s. However, many patients in their early to mid-40s who have loose and sagging skin are excellent candidates for a facelift procedure.
On the other hand, patients who are age 55 or older have a fairly high demand for cosmetic procedures that are sometimes characterized as being for younger people (such as breast augmentation and liposuction).
Health and Lifestyle Matters
Older individuals statistically have a higher rate of having certain health conditions. However, as long as they are properly screened prior to their surgery, the risk of complication will be relatively low.
Beyond health conditions, lifestyle choices can play an important factor in considering a person’s candidacy for cosmetic surgery:
- Smoking: Smoking cigarettes can increase risks associated with surgery by compromising the healing process. Smokers are known to have slower wound healing, greater scarring and higher rates of infection. As such, a 70-year-old non-smoker may be a better candidate for cosmetic surgery than a 30-year old who smokes a pack a day.
- Drinking: Regularly consuming alcohol can reduce your candidacy for cosmetic surgery. A history of heavy alcohol use increases the risk for surgical complications for people of any age. Light to moderate drinkers, however, usually do not have any increased risk of complications if they refrain from drinking both before and after their procedure.
- Diet: Patients who eat a healthy diet full of vitamins and minerals have bodies who are typically better equipped to heal after surgery. The opposite is also true: people who eat lots of processed foods, saturated fats and sugars face more difficulties during recovery and a higher chance of post-surgical complications.
Regardless of your age, we invite you to contact Anne Nickodem, M.D., at 703-560-8711 or aestheticallyyours.com to schedule a cosmetic surgery consultation with Dr. Nickodem. We work with patients at every age and every stage of life.