Plastic Surgery Attracts Elders

Plastic surgery for the elderly was unheard of years ago. In earlier days, graceful aging meant living comfortably with smile and lip lines, crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles and a less than perfect body contour. Of course, the drive was always there to live a healthy lifestyle through skin care, diet and exercise. In fact, many say it’s a natural part of aging to put on a bit of weight when aging. Yet, aging gracefully has taken on a new meaning for today’s elders. According to The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), from 2002 to 2007 the average age for people undergoing plastic surgery procedures has increased based on data provided by their members. In fact, as baby boomers continue to age, the average age for plastic surgery is expected to go up. Baby boomers are considered to be the “generation” that is between 42-64 years of age. According to 2007 AACS data, the breakdown is, as follows:

  • Plastic surgery average age is close to 43 years of age.

  • Non-invasive cosmetic procedures average age was approximately 42.

  • 23% of all plastic surgery procedures were surgical.

  • 77% of all cosmetic procedures were non-surgical procedures.

The best part about plastic surgery today is that there are less invasive options associated with most every plastic surgery procedure. Traditional plastic surgery procedures have made improvements to reduce recovery time, scarring, and improve outcomes. The ranking in popularity from least invasive on up includes:

  • Injectibles: Botox, Juvederm, are methods to produce immediate results to temporary improve forehead lines and crows feet (Botox) as well as fill smiles lines, mouth and lip lines and skin folds.

  • Medical Skin Care: In the medical skin care category are numerous methods to speed up the natural exfoliation process, tighten skin, improve the appearance of age spots and scars such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing and daily skin care products that can only be purchased at a plastic surgeon’s office and other medical professional offices.

  • Liposuction: Liposuction transformations have leveraged the ability to treat small facial imperfections as well as remove small pockets of fat on the arms, thighs buttocks, and stomach. In fact, now obese patients can reap the benefits of fat removal through large volume liposuction.

  • Blepharoplasty: Blepharoplasty techniques make it simple for most anyone to benefit from an eye lid lift to remove hanging skin and puffy upper eye lids.

  • Schelerotherapy: Schelerotherapy removes spider veins that can be aesthetically displeasing and discomforting.

  • Endoscopic Brow Lift: Endoscopic Brow Lifts offer a less invasive option to improve forehead lines and lift the brows when compared to traditional brow lifts. In addition, the medical devices used hold the lifted skin in place during recovery have been improved.


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