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How old is too old?

In my Louisville Plastic Surgery practice I am frequently asked “Do you think I am too old to be doing this?”

I just read an article in this months American Society of Plastic Surgeons journal and they looked at complication rates and age. The procedure they studied was the Facelift.

What the studied showed was the regardless of the type of facelift, mini or full , first time or re-do, the complication rates were the same for those younger and older than 65.

The difference maker was how healthy the patient was before surgery. In other words, a 55 year old who is obese, diabetic and has high blood pressure is likely to be more risky to operate on than a 70 year old with no medical problems.

Chronological age is not as important as physiologic age.

If you are unsure if you are a good candidate, just ask you surgeon.

Lee Corbett, MD

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