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If you asked most people if they believe cosmetic surgery is riskier for senior citizens than younger adults, most of them would say yes. Most of them, however, would be wrong.

A new study was just released identifying that cosmetic surgery is no riskier for senior citizens than it is for people under 65 years of age.

About the Study

The study by plastic surgeons at Vanderbilt University Medical Center analyzed data from 129,000 patients for a five year period. There was no difference in the number of complications for patients younger and older than 65 years old.

The study also revealed there’s been an increase in the number of older Americans seeking plastic surgery. This is probably due to the Baby Boomers entering the Golden Years during a time when everyone has the ability to look younger through cosmetic procedures.

What about People over 80?

In the study, the average age was 69 years old. However, when looking at patients 80 and over with the average age being 82, the rate of complication was only 2.2 percent. The rate of complication for younger patients was 1.9 percent. As you can see, there’s not much of a difference.

Most Common Procedures for Older Americans

If you could guess which procedure is the most common for older Americans, you probably would guess right. Facial procedures were much more prevalent in patients over 65.

What’s interesting is that most of the older patients were men, rather than females. The demographics of younger patients included more females.

Takeaways of This Study

If you’re an older American considering cosmetic surgery, it’s good to know that the rate of complications is not higher than that of younger patients.

It’s also good to know that you don’t have to worry about feeling as though you’re the only one getting a procedure. It’s a trend that doesn’t appear to be going away.

No matter whether you a man or woman, plastic surgery is a commonality you can be confident of and fearless about.

For more information about seeking cosmetic surgery for yourself, contact us at our Commack, Long Island or Manhattan office. We have highly-qualified plastic and cosmetic surgeons that have years of experience working with all age groups.

We can answer all of your questions to help you feel better about deciding to make positive changes to the way you look and feel.