“Are You Too Old for Cosmetic Surgery?” by Angela Moran
by Angela Moran
Beauty is pain. We wax. We thread. We are slaves to the treadmill. We wear shoes that kill, but it’s never good enough. We want more transformation and we’ll go to extremes to get it. We’ll lift, nip and tuck our way to perfection. We’ll Botox and then we’ll liposuction.
If you are concerned about your age when considering cosmetic surgery, consider the pros and cons of having a procedure. You can still look your best as long as you do it safely and be sure you are in optimum health.
The Elderly are Doing It
Many elderly women who have never had plastic surgery are turning to it in their 70s and 80s. “Downaging” is a trend in which the elderly are getting plastic surgery procedures in order to look as young as they feel. Doctors are finding a higher number of the over-65 patients in their offices for face lifts, cosmetic eyelid surgery, liposuction and breast augmentations. There are increased risks because the occurrences of high blood pressure and coronary artery disease are more present.
It’s healthier lifestyles and a longer life expectancy that drives elderly women to inquire about the possibility of these procedures. They don’t have to take care of their families anymore and often they live life fuller than their own children. Even those living at senior independent living communities like Emeritus have more vivacity and independence than ever. And they want to look youthful — the way they feel.
The FDA requires Botox manufacturers to label warn users that the Botulinum toxin A injected in your face can travel to other parts of the body located far away from where the toxin was injected. Doctors must provide a letter highlighting this information to patients as well. People get botox to freeze the wrinkles and prevent them from forming. If everything goes well during the procedure, the results help the patient look younger. That’s the appeal. Aren’t we all trying to find the fountain of youth?
Now for the drawbacks. Although the number of severe side effects are low, compared to the amount of people that have used Botox, they still exist. Aside from the possibility of the poison traveling to other parts of your body, including your brain, too much of a good thing (in this case Botox) can lead to a frozen facial expression, the flu, bleeding, nausea, difficulty breathing, vomiting, blurred vision, tightness in chest and sometimes even more severe reactions.
- Infections can become life threatening.
- Pieces of fat can gather in the lungs via blood vessels.
- Organs can be punctured during the procedure.
- Swelling may persist for months.
It’s up to the individual if the benefits of removing undesirable body fat is worth the risk. To keep the fat off, it’s important to stay active and eat nutritious foods. If a patient get liposuction and is dormant, the fat could come back and cells could grow larger.
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