There was a time when the idea of having plastic surgery as an older adult was frowned upon. These days appear to be gone. According to a recent online industry article not only are the numbers up for older Americans considering plastic surgery but they appear to be in higher concentrations for facial procedures. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, “elective cosmetic procedures among patients age 65 and older, both surgical and nonsurgical, rose 29% from 2005 to 2010, to more than 680,000. During that same period, cosmetic procedures among the overall population fell 17 percent.” it’s not that surprising when you consider the census data which tells us that the greatest number of increase for seniors is the baby boomer generation who is turning 60 and older. Some believe that older people may have increased risk of complications due to their age. Dr. O’Toole explains to older patients who speak to him considering facial rejuvenation procedures that age alone will not prevent them from being a good candidate for surgery. As with all patients he will take a complete health history from the patient and determine based on their health and the procedure being considered the type of medical test he will require prior to surgery. Dr. O’Toole educates his patients and explains to them that having a facelift at 60 years old makes good sense when patients consider the likelihood that they will live many more years to enjoy the results. Also with full facial rejuvenation including blepharoplasty and brow lift patients can expect to look on average a minimum of 10 years younger than their real age for the rest of their life. This alone allows many patients to feel a renewed confidence as well as the saticfaction of making a valuable investment in themselves. Dr. O’Toole advises patients to follow all pre-and postoperative surgery instructions for the best possible results.
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