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Is Cosmetic Surgery Safe for Seniors?

By Jennifer Thompson, 9:00 am on

These days, seniors over the age of 65 are one of the biggest demographics for people who undergo plastic surgery. Cosmetic surgery is often marketed to seniors as a safe medical procedure that will help them to look and feel younger, and many seniors choose to get face lifts, breast lifts, tummy tucks, and liposuction. There are some advantages to plastic surgery, but it is not entirely safe. Here is what Nashville live-in care providers need to know before their loved one’s undergo the procedure.

When Is It Unsafe for a Senior to Get Plastic Surgery?

During pre-surgery consultations, a plastic surgeon will examine seniors for any underlying health conditions that would make cosmetic surgery unsafe. Plastic surgery is often considered too risky for seniors who have high or low pressure. Medical conditions such as diabetes or kidney failure also make plastic surgery too unsafe for a senior. In addition to certain health conditions, there are some medications that could interfere with drugs administered during and after surgery. When seniors have a consultation for cosmetic surgery, it’s important that they divulge any health conditions or medications they take in order for the doctor to make an informed decision.

Are Complications During Surgery Likely for Seniors?

A 2011 study by Dr. James Zins of Cleveland found that there was not any significant increase in the rate of minor or major complications for seniors who choose to get plastic surgery. If a doctor has already confirmed that a senior is healthy enough to undergo cosmetic surgery, seniors between the age of 57 and 70 do not have a higher risk of any problems occurring during or after surgery compared to their younger counterparts.

How Do Seniors Heal After Plastic Surgery?

Though plastic surgery doesn’t pose a significant risk for seniors, recovery it is not as easy or quick as it is for younger patients. According to Dr. Michael Niccole, the seniors that he treats tend to take much longer to recover from cosmetic surgery. It takes longer for seniors to heal and drugs used during surgery take longer to leave their system. However, with proper help from Nashville at-home care providers, seniors should not face any greater risk for complications after they are fully healed.

Should your loved one undergo any type of surgery, it’s important to have someone at home to take care of him or her. Home Care Assistance provides the necessary live-in and hourly care seniors need to make an easy and efficient recovery from major surgeries. We also provide services for seniors who require flexible Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, and post-stroke care in Nashville. To learn more about our services or schedule a free consultation, contact a knowledgeable Care Manager at (615) 656-4999 today.