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Facelift Surgery Complications Are Independent of Age

Patients aged younger than 65, or aged 65 and older have similar, low levels of complications

WEDNESDAY, June 8 (HealthDay News) -- Elderly patients undergoing a facelift have a similar risk of complications, regardless of chronological age, according to a study published in the June issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Esteban Martén, M.D., M.P.H., from the Cleveland Clinic, and colleagues investigated whether chronological age is a risk factor for developing complications in elderly patients undergoing rhytidectomy surgery. A cohort of 216 elderly patients, including 148 patients aged younger than 65 years (average age, 57.6) and 68 age 65 years or older (average age, 70.0), who underwent facelifts performed by a single surgeon during a three-year period were included in the study. Statistical analysis was used to compare comorbidities, operative details, and complications.

The investigators found that both groups had almost similar rates of major and minor complications, and there were no deaths in either group. Compared to patients younger than 65, patients aged 65 or older were more likely to have a higher American Society of Anesthesiologists score and to have undergone facelift surgery before.

"Our elderly population age 65 and older had no statistically significant increase in major or minor complication rates when undergoing a rhytidectomy surgery," the authors write. "Chronologic age was not an independent risk factor with regard to either major or minor complications."

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