Over the past 10 years, there has been a steady increase in the number of men and women in their golden years, opting for facelifts and other cosmetic procedures. This has given rise to questions concerning the safety of these procedures for these patients, who are usually over 65 years. As a result, some elderly patients are asking “I’m a senior” – Which facelift procedure is safer for me – surgical or non-surgical?
Surgical Facelift: A surgical facelift is performed under general anesthesia, and involves tightening the underlying muscles of the face, tightening the skin, and removing excess skin.
Non-surgical Facelift:This involves the use of botox and soft tissue fillers. Botox is used to improve frown lines and lines at the corner of the eyes. Dermal fillers fill in lines and restore facial volume in the cheeks and midface.
What are the risks really?
There are inherent risks in all surgical procedures so the safety of a procedure is not dependent on age. Its influenced by on the skill and experience of the surgeon, and the physical and emotional health of the patient.
There is no denying the fact that elderly patients are more likely to be on medication for conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, and this could put them at greater risk for complications after surgery. However, if seniors are properly screened, then those with serious medical conditions will avoid surgery (learn more).
If you are interested in learning more about facelifts for seniors, contact Rocheford Plastic Surgery, Woodbury, MN. Call (651) 739-1100 today, and schedule a consultation with Heather Rocheford, MD. Dr. Rocheford will weigh the varying factors and determine whether a surgical or non-surgical facelift is the safer option for you.