Is there a cut off age where you will not do certain surgeries? Such as in the case with the late Joan Rivers?
I do not have a cut off age per se. I have done a tummy tuck in a 75 year old female. It all depends on PHYSIOLOGICAL age, and not just chronological age. In Florida, women (and men) tend to stay active and healthy for longer and later in life. It is not uncommon for me to perform surgeries on patients in their seventies. I have not done surgery electively in any patient 80 or older, but there are ways to modify anesthesia for these patients. An upper eyelid surgery, for example, could be done under local anesthesia in an older patient so they do not need to go through the process of a full anesthetic.
Joan Rivers actually had surgery at a facility that was ill-equipped to deal with the complication she encountered. We ALWAYS have a board certified anesthesiologist for each case, and as I have said before: SAFETY FIRST, beauty second.