The AARP blogged earlier in the year about big increases in the numbers of men and women over 65 getting a nip here, a tuck there. And why not, we say. With so many mature folks remaining vital and active through their eighties and beyond, they often simply want to look as young as they feel. More than 760,000 older Americans chose a cosmetic procedure last year, says the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery—a jump of 11 percent from the previous year.
If you’re curious about the popular types of plastic surgery for older people, facelift and eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) are tops. Skin rejuvenation procedures such as laser resurfacing, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion are also favorites. But the vast majority of people over 65 are opting for injectable treatments such as BOTOX® to reduce wrinkles and hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvéderm® to replace lost volume.
There really is no such thing as being too old for plastic surgery. A consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon can insure that you’re healthy enough for elective surgery and help you set realistic expectations for the outcome. Check out the AARP post—it has some great suggestions about how the older patient can plan for plastic surgery.