Is there an age where you shouldn’t have plastic surgery?
The maximum age for a patient to have plastic surgery depends upon the difference of chronologic age versus physiologic age. There are 50 year old adults in poor health whom I would decline, whereas there are many patients in their 70s who are suitable candidates for same procedures.
Regarding the minimum age, my policy has always been as follows: a patient should be old enough to legally sign his/her own consent form; i.e. an adult. The exceptions are pinning ears for prominent ears, cases of very young overly large breasts interfering with daily life, and other reconstructive procedures.
I hope this has been helpful to you.
Robert D. Wilcox, MD
Before considering any elective or cosmetic procedure I recommend that you make an appointment with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss you surgical options and concerns. Prior to any procedure you will need to undergo a surgical clearance to ensure that you are healthy enough to undergo surgery. This may include lab testing, adjustment of any medications that you are currently taking, and a general medical examination. Not every patient is a candidate for cosmetic surgery. Contraindications to cosmetic surgery include severe comorbid conditions (eg, heart disease, diabetes, wound healing disorder, excessive scarring, excessive cigarette smoking; pregnancy; a history of thromboembolic disease (relative).
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