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Everyone wants to live a long life, but many people do not want to look like they’ve lived a long life. A recent article by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reported that Americans are living longer than ever according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who says the average life expectancy is now 78.5 years. The ASAPS article suggested that because people are living longer, they may be seeking plastic surgery later in life.
Our last blog discussed how different age groups have unique cosmetic needs and how an increased number of younger patients are seeking cosmetic surgery. ASAPS statistics also revealed that a number of patients are reserving plastic surgery for later in life: over 68,500 patients over the age of 65 had surgical or non-surgical anti-aging procedures in 2010. In their article even quoted a 77-year-old plastic surgery patient who had undergone multiple procedures and explained that plastic surgery is a personal decision that is up to the patient.
Plastic surgery is considered safe for older patients who are healthy. It is very important for patients of any age to thoroughly discuss their complete medical history, family medical history, and list of medications (including vitamins and natural supplements as they may interact with pain medication) with their plastic surgeon during a consultation.
Some older patients receive maintenance anti-aging procedures, like Botox®, facial fillers, skin resurfacing, and Ulthera® to keep a refreshed appearance as they notice signs of aging. Others choose to wait and address comprehensive issues with blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), facelift, and neck lift. Don’t be fooled into believing that older patients only seek facial plastic surgery, though. The ASAPS article said liposuction is also a popular procedure among older patients.
Whether you choose to wait or not to wait to have plastic surgery Atlanta Plastic Surgery offers a variety of non-invasive procedures, as well as cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures. Visit our website to learn more about our highly skilled plastic surgeons and the procedures they perform. If you’re interested in a particular procedure, schedule a consultation today.