Would you like to live into your 90s? Due to a variety of factors we are living, and working, longer than ever before. As what it means to be older changes, it would appear retirement no longer means lots of gardening or travelling. Older people are now turning to plastic surgery to help them look as young as they feel and plastic surgery for the over 65s is a rapidly growing market. Age is no longer a barrier to plastic surgery, for example:
- An 83 year old widow underwent a three-hour breast lift with implants which costs about $8,000.
- A retired film producer in Florida, who is over 75, had an eye and neck lift last year. He spent $8,000.
- A 77-year-old restaurant owner in Georgia got a face-lift and breast implants earlier this year.
One stated: “Physically, I’m in good health, and I just feel like, why not take advantage of it?…My mother lived a long time, and I’m just taking it for granted that that will happen to me. And I want my children to be proud of what I look like.”
As health care techniques become more advanced, and diet and healthy living becomes more ingrained, it is not a regular doctor that some older people are visiting more frequently. As one comments: “The only time I go to the doctor is for plastic surgery”.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in 2010 there were 84,685 surgical procedures among patients age 65 and older. They included 26,635 face-lifts; 24,783 cosmetic eyelid operations; 6,469 liposuctions; 5,874 breast reductions; 3,875 forehead lifts; 3,339 breast lifts and 2,414 breast augmentations.
There are many reasons that older people are getting plastic surgery. People are living longer and remaining healthier, and they want their bodies to more closely reflect how they feel. Some are still working or looking for jobs and want to be seen as more youthful contenders. Understandably, some are simply sick of slackened jowls, jiggly underarms and saggy eyelids.
Any operation poses risks but a report, published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in June, found that the hazards of undergoing plastic surgery in people over age 65 are no greater than in the younger population. The researchers found no significant difference in the instances of minor or major complications between one group of patients whose average age was 70 and another group whose average age was 57.6.
It really seems to depend on how healthy and fit you are, not your age. As a precaution all older patients should be screened for health problems of the lungs, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Monitoring of use of medications, particularly anticoagulants, are vital but this is true of surgery patients of any age.