Too Old for a Nose Job?
Aug 12, 2013 - 2:37:39 PM
Changes to the Nose
Some older patients who seek rhinoplasty have never had a problem with their nose before, but age can change the nose somewhat. The internal structure of the nose won't change, but there may be cartilage deterioration, changes to the skin, and other factors that can cause a droopy appearance. These changes are often not as dramatic as those that take place in the rest of the face, but they can still be distressing.
As with any major plastic surgery, rhinoplasty requires the patient to be put under general anesthesia for the procedure. Older patients are at greater risk for complications with anesthesia, and surgery takes a greater toll on the body with age.
As we age, our skin deteriorates and becomes less elastic and flexible. Older patients need to be particularly careful in selecting a specialist to perform the surgery, since skin quality can be a tricky issue to work with. An inexperienced surgeon can compromise the rhinoplasty results if he or she doesn't know how to handle aging skin.
Medications & Recovery
Recovery can be tougher on older patients, so budgeting enough time and getting help during recovery makes a huge difference. The extent of the surgery also helps determine the course of the recovery process. Preventing infection and a poor outcome is key during any rhinoplasty recovery phase, but particularly for older patients.
Finding a Surgeon
Despite these minor pitfalls, having nasal surgery past middle age is quite safe. If you're ready to speak to a Toronto rhinoplasty specialist about your case, be sure to select an experienced, board certified facial plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Robert A. Mounsey. Dr. Mounsey offers expert care at Revesse in the Toronto area, and offers a range of facial procedures. Call 416.438.2499 today to set up your consultation or visit:http://www.revesse.ca.
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