Posted on 30 Dec 2017

Age brings with it a lot of wisdom but increases the chances of health problems. Some of these problems might require surgery. Such problems mean that roughly 10% of people who undergo surgery are above 65 years of age. Some health problems with aging are high blood pressure, heart and lung disease. These problems may increase complications following surgery.

To maintain a youthful appearance, senior citizens usually consider plastic surgery. But, are you too old for plastic surgery? Elderly patients experience similar side effects as young patients when undergoing plastic surgery. Cosmetic surgery patients below 65 years have a complication rate of 1.94 percent. Patients over the age of 65 have a complication rate of 1.84 percent. One exception is the tummy tuck procedure. This procedure has a greater complication rate for elderly patients.


There is no significant increase in complications for patients who are above the age of 80. As such, it is a fact that plastic surgery is safe for patients of any age. The different factors that determine if you are viable for plastic surgery include:

  • Medical history
  • Underlying medical conditions
  • Reason for the procedure

To avoid complications during the procedure, you should seek consultation before your surgery. The consultation ensures that you are safe during and after the surgery.

Even for elderly patients, cosmetic procedures are safe. The complication rate is still acceptable compared to younger patients. These are from studies of 6786 elderly patients who underwent plastic surgery. Your age shouldn’t stop you from considering plastic surgery. The procedures are safe, and there are no side effects.


To avoid complications during the procedure, you should seek consultation before your surgery. A surgeon will take note of any underlying medical conditions. The impact your medical conditions may have on the operation will also be taken into account. If you are cleared for the procedure, your doctor will allow the surgery. This is only possible if you pass all the requirements for the surgery. Your surgeon will also discuss side effects that may arise while undergoing surgery.

Ensure that the plastic surgeon is board-certified and professional. The number of older people undergoing plastic surgery is high compared to younger patients. Abdominoplasty has a higher rate of complication for elderly patients. Common complications, according to research, were hematoma and problems with the healing of the wounds.

Studies have established that plastic surgery is as safe for the old as it is for the young. If you’re looking to improve your face or body, don’t hesitate to consider plastic surgery as an option. Just remember to do extensive research. 

Need more answers? Contact our team at Neaman Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Keith Neaman

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at Neaman Plastic Surgery | Learn More

Dr. Neaman is a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in surgical body contouring. He prides himself on being on the cutting edge of plastic surgery. He takes an informative approach to each consultation, and through open dialogue and communication, he helps his patients decide on a treatment plan that meets their needs.

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