Age is Just a Number

Just how old is too old for plastic surgery?  Well, thanks to modern medicine people are living longer and remaining healthier.  This is allowing a new generation to turn to plastic surgery to mold the perfect bodies they've always craved: Seniors.  According to the ASPS, nearly 85,000 people age 65 and older chose to enhance their appearance by going under the knife in 2010.

Seniors burnishing their golden years with help from plastic surgery shouldn't be a surprise, since they are much more active then they used to be.  Many say that they want to look as good as they can for as long as they can. And why not? Why do we as a society seem to think this is even news worthy?  A professor at Harvard Medical School believes the double takes arise from out cultures mixed feeling about old people actively on the prowl.  " Part of our stereotype of old people is that they are social, warm and likable, but powerless and sexless".  We are in the age of Viagra, which is very well accepted, but suddenly the idea of older women and men wanting to be sexually active at this age makes us uncomfortable. There should be no difference between a twenty or thirty something women wanting larger breasts and an older women wanting breasts that she doesn't have to tuck into her waistband.

Some worry the difference between the two would be the risks associated with surgery in people over 65, and if these outweigh the benefits of the procedure.  Older patients may take longer to heal, and the results of plastic surgery may not last as long as in younger patients.  These concerns cannot yet be addressed because the data is not yet in.  What is known is that researchers found no significant differences in the instances of minor or major complications between patients whose average age was 70 and another whose average age was 57.  Chronological age and psychological age are different.  A person in their 70's, living a healthy active life can have no greater risks of surgery then someone in their 40's living a similar lifestyle.  One the other hand someone at any age who has poor genetics and or poor health habits might not even be a candidate for plastic surgery.

The "why" is another big question. Why are the older generations choosing to enhance their looks?  The reasons vary, some seniors have become widowed, or divorced and are trying to date and attract a spouse or a mate.  Another might be an aging salesman, a senior, who wants to compete with younger salesman and stay in the work force longer.

No matter what the reason is for wanting plastic surgery in your golden years I believe one fit, attractive 65 year old woman said it best.  " In my day, no one ever thought about breast enhancement or anything, but now days, women go out, and they would never get a second look if they show their age.  I find that you have to keep up your appearance physically, even if you just want a companion or someone to ask you to dinner.  That's not going to happen if  don't have the figure that these geezers are looking for".

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