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Plastic Surgery For Octogenarians?

Recently, an 83-year-old woman from Southern California made headlines in print and via Internet for having breast augmentation surgery.  Though 83, this grandmother and great-grandmother had a youthful view about her procedure citing that the brain goes one way and the breasts go another.  She also quipped that in order to have a companion at this age or a dinner date, one must have the figure that “these geezers” are looking for.  While many admire grandma’s youthful attitude and desire to stay socially active, some people ask “how old is too old to have plastic surgery?”  Some critics wonder if the benefits of plastic surgery outweigh the risk of complications.  However, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery addressed this question last year, and the answer is it depends on the individual patient and his/her health status.  Patients in reasonable health did not have a higher level of complications than those under 65.  During 2010 there were nearly 85,000 plastic surgery procedures on Americans over the age of 65, and the procedures ranged from breast augmentation to facelifts, and other cosmetic procedures.  This is just another example of our aging population desiring to remain active and attractive in their golden years.

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