Turning Back the Clock at 65: Facelifts for Senior Patients
Bloomfield Hills, MI – Shakespeare once wrote, “With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” While fine lines and crows’ feet may be evidence of a long and joyous life, not everyone is so convinced that face creases have to come with age.
For years, the facelift procedure has offered respite from those wishing to reverse the clock on their well-worn facades. A nip here and a tuck there and the person can look twenty years younger, or more.
Now, a recent trend has seen those ages 65 or older choosing this time-honored plastic surgery technique. But many wonder:
Is a facelift safe for senior patients, or is there such a thing as “too old” for plastic surgery?
Plastic Surgeon, M. Azhar Ali, who was awarded Top Doc 2016 by Hour-Detroit Magazine said, “When it comes to age, the number is not as important as the overall health of the patient when considering plastic surgery. A patient is never too old for surgery as long as they are healthy enough.”
Dr. Ali, who serves patients in Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, and other areas throughout Detroit, has noticed a significant upsurge in senior patients seeking plastic surgery of all types, but facelifts in particular. And the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported that the number of patients 65 or older opting for facelifts, and accompanying procedures like eyelid surgery, has more than doubled in the past 20 years. Much of that increase has been within the past five years.
Dr. Ali sees a clear reason for the increase in senior patients seeking out facelifts and other life-changing procedures.
“People are living longer, and we enjoy a better quality of life as we get older compared to previous generations. It’s understandable that older patients would want to look as young as they feel so they can get the most out of life,” Dr. Ali said.
There are a few considerations for patients age 65 or older that may not be necessary for younger patients considering facial cosmetic surgery.
Guidelines for Facelift Patients 65 Year or Older
Getting a Doctor’s Clearance: Facelifts and other elective surgeries need to be cleared by the patient’s primary healthcare provider before surgery can be scheduled. The plastic surgeon will also need to know about any medications the patient may be taking at the time of surgery.
Avoiding Complications: Complications during and after plastic surgery are rare, for younger and older patients alike. Still, all surgery comes with some element of risk. Therefore, senior patients should be prepared for such risk, as they may not be able to tolerate complications as well as their younger counterparts. The plastic surgeon will discuss any and all complications prior to surgery so that contingency plans can be made, and all concerns alleviated.
The fact is, a facelift is as safe at 65 as it is at 45, and in conjunction with eyelid surgery or other procedures, the patient can indeed begin to feel like an all new and much younger person.
For senior patients interested in learning more about facelifts and even liquid facelifts, call (248) 335-7200 or
email Detroit Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ali for a consultation.
About Dr. Ali: With thousands of plastic surgery procedures to his credit and a patient satisfaction rating of 99%, Dr. M. Azhar Ali has become one of the most prominent Plastic Surgeons in the Detroit, Michigan area.
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