Did you know that the number of men and women over the age of 65 who are having cosmetic surgical procedures is steadily climbing?
Believe it or not, elective cosmetic procedures (both surgical and non-surgical) rose 29% between 2005 to 2010 (to more than 680,000), according to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
(Interestingly enough, during this same time frame, similar procedures among the overall population fell 17%.)
What Does This Mean?
Without a doubt, this increase reflects the changing attitudes of older Americans. Many seniors are working longer and rationalize that having cosmetic enhancement will make them more competitive with younger co-workers. Others just want to improve their appearance to go along with their youthful outlook in life.
Often times older patients choose procedures that are less invasive, such as Botox® injections and dermal fillers. As far as more invasive procedures, older patients (if properly screened) have statistically not had an increased risk of complications following a cosmetic surgery.
As life expectancy steadily increases, many experts predict that cosmetic procedures will become increasingly more common for those well into their 70’s and 80’s.
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