Am I Too Old for Plastic Surgery?
As people get older, they may begin to think things like, “I don’t care about my appearance anymore,” “I don’t need to impress anyone,” or “I’m too old for plastic surgery.” Seniors in particular often share these sentiments and feel that they are past the age at which plastic surgery is appropriate. However, plastic surgery offers far more than just body enhancement procedures: it’s an medical specialty replete with treatments for facial and body rejuvenation, primary and revisionary breast surgery, anti-aging solutions, beauty maintenance, the correction of acquired or congenital deformities, and even the correction of complications from surgery performed elsewhere. No matter what age you are, there are cosmetic procedures that can be of benefit and help you age naturally and gracefully.
Overall Health Matters Most
The primary concern with any surgical treatment is the patient’s health. Serious medical conditions or health complications may disqualify you from plastic surgery. However, most plastic surgery procedures are not extensive operations, and there are plenty of non-invasive or minimally-invasive procedures available with minimal recovery periods. If you are in overall good health, you could be the perfect candidate for your desired procedure. Any prospective patient should meet with Dr. Boyd for a personal consultation to discuss his or her needs, desires, and health before deciding to undergo plastic surgery.
Plastic Surgery Procedures for Older Individuals
Believe it or not, many plastic surgery procedures are perfect for older individuals. Anti-aging and cosmetic treatments can help individuals of all ages, since looking one’s best is not just for younger people. Many of these procedures are designed to provide solutions for improving the patient’s health and quality of life.
Cosmetic and Anti-Aging Treatments
Cosmetic procedures can be appropriate for individuals of any age. A facelift, brow lift, liposuction, or tummy tuck can all help you to look more attractive and youthful. However, it is important to note that skin elasticity can be a huge factor in the success of some procedures. If your skin has become too lax, certain procedures may not work well for you. Other treatments for skin conditions can be performed on individuals of nearly any age to remove age spots and sun damage, improve discoloration, tighten skin, remove wrinkles, and improve skin health.
Procedures that May Improve Health and Quality of Life
Plastic surgery procedures can also improve the patient’s health and quality of life. For example, women who suffer from neck problems or shoulder pain may benefit from breast reduction or breast lift surgery to reduce the pressure and strain. Individuals with drooping eyelids that are obstructing their vision can undergo blepharoplasty to lift their eyelids so that their vision is no longer impaired. In many of these cases, the treatment is considered medically necessary, and the cost is covered by health insurance.
You are never too old to consider the benefits that plastic surgery could provide you. Schedule your personal consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon J. Brian Boyd, M.D. to find out if plastic surgery is right for you. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Boyd, call 310.597.4734 today or fill out our online contact form.