Cleveland Clinic Study Shows Age Not a Single Risk Factor for Complications After Plastic Surgery

Cleveland Clinic researchers have found that patients who undergo a facelift after the age of 65, if screened properly, are at no higher risk for complications compared to younger patients, according to a Cleveland Clinic news release.

The study analyzed the outcomes of 216 female patients who underwent rhytidectomy from 2005-2008. Patients were divided into two groups: those under age 65 (148 patients) and those 65 and older (68 patients).

Results showed facelift complication rates were not statistically different when comparing elderly patients to a younger control group. The data suggest that chronologic age alone was not an independent risk factor for facelift surgery. When compared to the patients under age 65, elderly patients were more likely to have a higher ASA (overall health status) score and to have had a prior facelift (41.2 percent vs. 17.6 percent).

Read the hospital news release about Cleveland Clinic's study on rhytidectomy complications.

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