Can you be too old for plastic surgery? Dr. Paul Wigoda, a South Florida plastic surgeon, agrees with recent reports that plastic surgery is an option for healthy seniors! What does it mean to be 60 or 70 years old today? Certainly not the same as it did even a decade ago. Septuagenarians today are leading lives that are as active in their golden years as they were in their green twenties and thirties. In fact, many seniors in Fort Lauderdale and other Florida cities are waking up to the fact that simply because they are 70 years old, doesn’t mean they have to look it.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports 84,685 cosmetic procedures were performed on people 65 and over, which is a 21% increase over the surgeries performed in 2009. The most requested procedures are facelifts as late age patients seek to nip and tuck their way to more youthful looks.
There are a number of reasons why seniors are willing to go under the knife including:
* Wanting to look as young as they feel
* Availability of disposable income to pay for the surgery they’ve been wanting for awhile
* Improve self-esteem and boost self-confidence
* Increased marketability as a current or potential employee
This last point is notable. More and more seniors are continuing to work past retirement age. The current economic situation makes them more vulnerable to layoffs and dismissals by companies seeking younger, cheaper workers. For some, getting a little work done may mean the difference between keeping a well-paying job and being forced to take an early retirement.
Contrary to popular belief, plastic surgery presents no special risks to senior patients as long as they are in good health. A study done by the Journal of Plastic Surgery finds the risk of complications are about the same for people over 65 as they are for younger patients. As long as patients are cleared by their physician and take good care of themselves they shouldn’t experience any major problems.
Despite the youth-obsessed culture prevalent in America, at the end of the day you have to do what is right for you. Whether you get surgery or not, make sure you are doing it for your own pleasure and because of outside pressure to look younger.