The study compiled statistics gathered from 2008 to 2013. The numbers show postoperative complications occurring at a rate of 1.84 percent rate in patients with a mean age of 39.2 years; the rate for seniors (mean age 69.1 years) was 1.94 percent, which is statistically insignificant. For patients aged 80 years or older, the rate was also statistically insignificant: 2.2 percent.
“Our study demonstrated that patients over 65 years old can safely undergo cosmetic procedures with a complications rate similar to younger patients when surgery is performed by board certified plastic surgeon,” explained Dr. Max Yezhelyev, who wrote the study.
The seniors carried greater risk factors, including a higher average Body Mass Index and a higher incidence of diabetes (5.7 percent to 1.6 percent), but they were less likely to smoke.
Older patients underwent more facial procedures: 62.9 percent, compared to 12 percent. Only abdominoplasty indicated a higher complication rate: 5.4 percent to 3.9 percent. The most common postoperative complications in older patients were hematoma, infection and problems with the healing of wounds.