Study shows older patients at ‘no higher risk of’ complications from Cosmetic Surgery

6 November 2014

With increasing numbers of people undergoing Cosmetic Surgery year on year, it seems inevitable that the age range of patients will increase. Contrary to what many may believe however, a new study has revealed that older patients are at ‘no higher risk’ of complication from Cosmetic Surgery than their younger counterparts.

Cosmetic Surgeons at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee looked at data from over 129,000 Cosmetic Surgery patients over a five year period and concluded that there was no significant difference in the risk of complication whether the patient was younger or older than 65.

The study’s author, Max Yezhelyev, M.D., Ph.D., said: “Similar outcomes of cosmetic surgery in younger and older patients have never been shown before on such a large scale.

“Our study demonstrated that patients over 65 can safely undergo cosmetic procedures with a complications rate similar to younger patients when surgery is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon”.

Patients aged 80 and over were found to have a complications rate of just 2.2 per cent, dropping to 1.9 per cent for all younger patients.

Interestingly, there were a greater number of men in the older age group – 11.3 per cent in total, dropping to just 6.2 per cent aged 39 on average.

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