There really is no set in stone rule as to the appropriate ages for plastic surgery. The appropriateness of plastic surgery procedures should be examined more on a case by case basis. Certain criteria need to be looked at such as the individual’s unique body type and aging process.
Of course, there are age tendencies for certain procedures. For example, facelifts are generally not performed on patients under the age of 30. In such cases, mini-lifts or laser procedures would be suggested in place of a facelift. Otoplasty (correcting the deformities and defects of the external ear), however, is appropriate for adults of any age or patients as young as 5 years old.
Furthermore, reconstructive surgical procedures allow for patients of almost any age to be performed on. Reconstructive surgery is the use of surgery to restore the form and function of the body to allow for normal functioning. For example, otolaryngologists do reconstructive surgery on faces after trauma and to reconstruct the head and neck after cancer.
We will address reconstructive surgery more in later blog posts.