Plastic Surgery is cosmetic surgical procedure performed to improve conditions of parts of body. Some people do this because of some defects or accident and some simply have plastic surgery done to enhance their looks.
This practice is not only popular with younger generations but also the elderly in order to look younger and fresh.
However, although fairly safe, plastic surgery done on older people comes with its own risks. Based on “Aesthetic Surgery” journal, level of complications that might be experienced by elderly after plastic surgery was 1.94 percent. This study was conducted on 6,786 elderly patients aged 65 years and above.
Skin might need longer time to recover, greater risk of infection, risk of hematoma (blood clot) in scar from surgery.
That aside, Medictel will share some tips to have safer plastic surgery below!
1. Comprehensive evaluation with your doctor
According to Dr. Julis Few from Northwestern University Medical School in ABC news site, elderly patients need to undergo thorough evaluation by their medical doctors, with the right tests to check heart conditions and other systems.
Patients can only have plastic surgery after being green lit by their doctor.
2. Meet daily nutrition needs.
According to Dr. Melyarna Putri from klikdokter.com, the healing process after surgery on elderly is strongly influenced by the nutritional status they consume. “Vitamin C, K, E, iron, and zinc proteins play an important role in a more optimal recovery process,” she explained.
3. Avoid consuming steroids and cigarettes
Drugs such as steroids and contents of cigarettes can have negative impact on wound healing process, so it’s best to avoid them both before and after surgery.
4. Apply a moisturizing cream with antibiotics
Moisturizers and antibiotics can help prevent infection in the area being operated on. Choose cream that contains vitamin E, D, cocoa butter to help fade scars.
5. Avoid direct sun exposure
You should avoid direct ultraviolet radiation from the sun for about 18 months after surgery, especially if it is surgery done in face area, in order to avoid hyperpigmentation or blackened skin.