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How Do Plastic Surgery and Age Relate?

By David Passaretti, MD on October 24, 2017


A woman in her 50s looking more youthful and energized after undergoing facial plastic surgeryAt the practice of Dr. David Passaretti, we proudly offer a comprehensive range of facial plastic surgery, breast enhancement, and body contouring procedures, as well as non-surgical skin care. He serves patients of all ages, ranging from those in their early twenties to those in their seventies and older, customizing their procedures to their unique needs and goals.

One of the questions most commonly asked of Dr. Passaretti by patients is whether there is an “ideal” age to undergo plastic surgery. While there are very few cosmetic procedures that are appropriate for children, with otoplasty being a noteworthy exception, there is otherwise no ideal age for a person to undergo plastic surgery. In fact, when discussing plastic surgery and age during consultations at his Fairfield, CT practice, Dr. Passaretti emphasizes that a patient’s age has more to do with his or her expectations for surgery than his or her candidacy. If you are a good candidate for a procedure, then your age may affect the results you can hope to achieve more than anything else.

Whatever your age, if you would like to find out whether you are a suitable candidate for plastic surgery of the face, breast, or body, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. David Passaretti today.

The Connection between Plastic Surgery and Age

It is important to reiterate that candidacy for plastic surgery is not dictated by age. As long as you are healthy enough to undergo a major surgical procedure and you otherwise meet the criteria for candidacy for the procedure you wish to undergo, you will almost certainly be permitted to proceed with surgery.

In order to be considered a good candidate for plastic surgery, however, you must have realistic expectations for the results you will be able to achieve through the procedure you are undergoing. In this regard, age can play a very important role in your candidacy.

For instance, patients who undergo facial plastic surgery in their mid-30s will likely achieve different results from patients who undergo facial plastic surgery in their mid-60s. The former group of patients will generally have more elastic skin, fewer wrinkles and fine lines, and more underlying fat than the latter group of patients. Therefore, while the latter group would still be able to achieve remarkable results, possibly even taking 10 to 15 years off their appearance, they would never be able to look as though they were in their 20s again. The former group, on the other hand, might be able to achieve such results.

Dr. Passaretti helps each individual patient understand what types of results he or she will realistically be able to achieve given his or her age and other relevant factors. As long as patients understand that plastic surgery has its limits, they can then truly embrace its possibilities.

Learn More about Plastic Surgery and Age

For further information on the relationship between plastic surgery and age, please contact our plastic surgery practice today.

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