Cosmetic surgery carries risk for any patient that goes under the knife. However, older people might find these dangers to be even higher. You might want to avoid the following cosmetic procedures if you are over-the-hill or even on your way.
1. Older women who get breast surgery are at higher risk for rupture, incision pain and hematoma. Older tissue has less elasticity and the results may be less than desired. Expect limited activity levels for at least six weeks.
2. While botox prices for injections can be outrageous, that’s not the main concern for older patients. Weaker immune systems can exacerbate complications like weak muscles and pain. The toxin in the injection can even spread throughout the body, increasing age-related issues like bladder control loss.
3. Liposuction may be looked at as an age-reversing procedure, but mature patients should exercise caution. Stroke becomes a bigger possibility the older you are, and blood clots are a leading cause of death among liposuction patients. Aging skin can also create excessive wrinkling in the treated area. Complications often increase the standard six-week recovery time.
4. Age increases the risks already present with a nose surgery procedures. Older patients are more prone to excessive bleeding, infection and can even have trouble coming out of anesthesia. Also, it can take a full year for the swelling to go down enough that you can actually see your new nose.
5. Neck surgeries are recommended for healthy patients, making aging candidates less ideal. Older smokers are especially at risk for bleeding, clots and discoloration. While recovery time is usually reasonable, age-related complications can increase the standard weeks to months.
6. If paying the botox prices for injections doesn’t work, you can turn to a full face lift. Weak skin structures can not only hurt recovery but can also impact the procedures success, making it inadvisable for older people; bleeding and bruising is especially visible in the facial area. It can take as long as four months for your normal appearance to emerge and scarring may never fully fade.
7. Laser treatments are usually outpatient procedures with minimal complications. If you are no spring chicken, however, you may experience redness, itching and skin lesions that persists for several months; increased sensitivity can be permanent in susceptible patients.
8. The body lift makes nose surgery look like a cakewalk. This procedure impacts the entire body and is especially risky. Half of patients experience complications, even when young. Age-related issues like high blood pressure and diabetes greatly increase the risk. Older patients can expect a recovery time on the upper end of the spectrum or as long as six weeks to two months.
9. Fluctuating weight, more common as you age, is not ideal for a tummy tuck patient; it can impact recovery and hurt the desired results. In addition, aspirin, often used to reduce heart attack risks, can increase post-op bleeding. Recovery times are at least a month, but complications like dying tissue can increase that significantly; another surgery may even be necessary.
10. Full lips may be youthful, but the older you get, the riskier they are to achieve. Aging skin and muscles loosen, leading to not only a potentially undesirable appearance, but also to migration of the implant material. Patients may also experience an immune response. Bruising and swelling can persist for several weeks; infection can further increase recovery periods.