The possibilities of modern aesthetic medicine, the increasing availability, the reduced risk of complications due to the use of modern techniques and tools, or the natural effects of the procedures performed – all these contribute to the growing interest in plastic surgery. However, can people of all ages benefit from this kind of support? The answer to this question is important, because complexes, dissatisfaction with one’s appearance and the desire to meet current beauty standards are not limited to just one age group. So how does age affect the ability to undergo the procedure? Is it associated with limitations or additional difficulties?
The best age for improving appearance – does it really exist?
There is no specific age range that is recommended as the ideal time to perform the procedures in which a person is interested. The decision to undergo surgery is a very individual matter and should be made each time based on one’s motivations, needs and state of health. It is also worth noting that the effects of medical interference with appearance can go far beyond mere aesthetics. In what ways? For example, changes in the shape of the nose can help offset potential breathing problems. The issue of well-being and mental health cannot be discounted either. For patients who struggle on a daily basis as a direct result of low self-esteem or lack of acceptance of their bodies, aesthetic medicine can make a huge difference in quality of life.
It should be remembered, of course, that as with any other medical procedure, there is also a risk of health complications to be reckoned with. Therefore, making a decision should always be preceded by careful consideration of all the benefits and risks, as well as comprehensive medical tests and consultations. However, if the results are normal and the qualification process goes well, there is no reason why those who decide to take this step should postpone the operation, waiting for a better time.
Can plastic surgery be performed at any age?
It is assumed that the patient’s body should be fully developed before undergoing plastic surgery. As a rule, therefore, this type of surgery is not recommended for children and growing teenagers, whose appearance is still undergoing changes. However, there are exceptions to this rule, which mostly apply to situations in which the intervention of a plastic surgeon is necessary for reconstructive purposes and to ensure the proper functioning of the young person’s body. In the case of adults, there is no specified upper age limit, and the positive qualification is decided by the doctor based on the results of the examination.
Age and convalescence
Although age itself is not a contraindication to the procedure, it should be borne in mind that the body of older people may have more difficulty returning to full function, resulting in a longer recovery time. This is also a group at higher risk of health complications, so a sound evaluation by an experienced surgeon before surgery is crucial.
Plastic surgery for minors
Adolescents under the age of 18 do not, under the law, have the ability to decide for themselves whether to undergo plastic surgery. However, such a procedure can be carried out if permission is obtained from a legal guardian. However, it should be borne in mind that these are patients who require special attention, and in the qualification carried out it is necessary to take into account not only physical maturity, but also emotional maturity, in order to be sure that this is a conscious choice and not the result of peer pressure.
Plastic surgery statistics
According to data released by The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) on worldwide trends in plastic medicine for 2019, the number of procedures performed continues to rise. Among the procedures that the largest number of patients are opting for are breast augmentation, liposuction, eyelid plasty, abdominal plasty and rhinoplasty. Significantly, despite the frequent association of cosmetic surgery as a field of medicine aimed primarily at women, statistics indicate that it is also growing in popularity among men, with eyelid plastic surgery and liposuction topping the list.
Age can affect the choice of optimal surgical techniques, speed of recovery or the type of procedures considered, but it is not an obstacle to the pursuit of a beautiful appearance. At KCM Clinic, we believe that any time is perfect to take care of yourself and your well-being! Our team of experienced specialists will help you find the best solutions for you and provide professional care and support at every stage.
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