09 June 2011

stk212507rkeNew research has found that age shouldnt be the only factor when deciding whether or not a patient is suitable for face lift surgery. HealthDay News reports the findings of analysis by researchers at the Cleveland Clinic today, which shows how well patients of different ages fared after face lift surgery. The study questioned 216 women, with 148 of them younger than 65 and the rest older. It found that the rates of complication were not statistically different between the two age groups. Researchers say that the study, published in the online journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, proves that age alone cannot be used to predict risk prior to a cosmetic surgery procedure. However, James Zins, chairman of the Cleveland Clinic, highlighted the need to properly assess elderly patients. In a press release he said: It should not be generalized from the study that elderly patients can undergo a facelift operation with the same low complication rate as seen in the younger age group. Careful screening of the elderly patients, and excluding those with significant co-morbidities, led to the low complication rate.