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Plastic surgery in old age is possible, but requires care

Plastic surgery in old age is possible, but requires care

As life expectancy increases, the percentage of older people who are active and who seek not only for activities and relationships that contribute to the their quality of life and beauty.

Many of these people are faced with a mismatch between their appearance and their state of mind, they look in the mirror and do not see the outside the joviality they feel inside. Even with the help of a balanced diet and regular exercise, the natural signs of aging are inevitable with the advancement of time. In this sense, plastic surgery has become a choice for many of these gentlemen and ladies who seek to align the physical and mental parts.

Is there a plastic age?

There are people who do not consider themselves eligible for plastic surgery only and exclusively on account of their own age. But, in fact, the limit for performing plastic surgeries on older people is the patient's health, not his chronological age. If the patient is healthy and the surgery is compatible with his / her clinical condition, the plastic surgeon can perform the procedure.

At the time of preoperative examinations, the physician performs a more thorough investigation of the health of the elderly patient, requiring not only the list of standard exams, but also more detailed ones such as the Holter and the ergometric test. There are cases in which the patient can not perform the ergometric test, which already shows that he is not able to undergo a surgical procedure with aesthetic purposes. In the case of a patient with locomotion problems, who walk very slowly and with difficulty, he is not able to have an abdominal or breast plastic, but can undergo smaller techniques, such as blepharoplasty (also called eyelid surgery) and facial rejuvenation, or facelift.

Special care

Surgery in a senior patient also requires differentiated care. Is it possible to have a tummy tuck or a plastic breast lift or reduction in an elderly patient? Yes, however, each of them must be performed separately and both with a leaner surgical technique, designed to happen faster and with a lesser detachment of the skin. The association of two or more procedures in a single surgery is not recommended for the older patient.

Because of the body's natural aging, there are particularities in the elderly patient. A clear example is the blood circulation, which becomes more difficult with advancing age. The plastic surgeon can not make large patches or skin detachments, since recovery of these tissues may be compromised after surgery; and the surgical time has to be as small as possible, keeping the patient short of time under the effect of anesthesia.

The post-surgical procedure depends greatly on the health of the elderly patient and may vary from case to case. The scar in the young patient is stronger, it becomes redder, thicker and forms faster because the body's cells are new and more agile. In the elderly patient the cells are slower, the final result takes longer to appear, but the scar becomes thinner because the skin is thin, which aesthetically results in a more beautiful scar. old people are about 75 years old and look for improvements in their face. The surgery ends up contributing to the self-esteem of this patient, positively influencing his well-being in personal and loving relationships. The plastic surgeon will work within the clinical possibilities of the patient, in order to meet the expectations of the person regarding the surgery, without exposing his health to risks.


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