The stigma attached to cosmetic surgery is disappearing and the fact that aesthetic procedures are become popular among over-55s seems to provide additional proof of this. The 2013 annual statistics report of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) revealed an increase of 3% in cosmetic surgical procedures among individuals age 55 and over during 2012-2013. Up to 374,000 procedures were performed on seniors in 2013, which made up 24% of total cosmetic surgery procedures that year.
The report also provides information on the most popular procedures among older adults. These include facelift, eyelid surgery, liposuction, forehead lift, hair transplantation, and pectoral implants. There are many reasons why people over 55 want to rejuvenate their looks
- To improve general self-esteem
- To look as young as they feel
- To be more competitive in the workplace
- To feel more attractive
- To attract new partners
- To get connected/accepted in the social circles
According to a recent article on dating among seniors, internet dating among those aged 50+ is up by 40% and over-50s is fastest growing group of internet dating site users. Moreover, when people over 55 looking for employment or to switch jobs, many find that physical appearance and looking younger matters as much as their educational qualifications and experience.
According to American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s (ASAPS) Consumer Attitude Survey 2010, 67 percent of Americans said that they wouldn’t be embarrassed if their friends and family knew they had cosmetic surgery. Most said they are comfortable with an occasional nip and tuck, and 77 percent of those over 65 were willing to be open about the procedures.
A new hair style, a brightened up smile, and refreshed wardrobe, and a rejuvenated physical appearance is helping baby boomers enhance their confidence and quality of life. However, all plastic surgery procedures carry risks and older adults need to be aware of potential complications. Discussing your goals with an experienced and compassionate plastic surgeon is therefore the first step in making this life changing decision.