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More Seniors Are Turning to Plastic Surgery

Jacky Gale | November 22, 2016 | Posted in Facelift

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Plastic surgery is no longer solely the domain of the young. More seniors ages 65 and older are increasingly exploring plastic surgery to gain a refreshed, rejuvenated appearance. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported that 143,000 seniors in the U.S. had plastic surgery in 2015.

Of particular note are eyelid surgeries, facelifts, and liposuction, which were most commonly performed. Neck lifts and fat transfers to restore sunken areas of the face are also enjoying increased popularity among older patients.

Why choose plastic surgery?

Every patient, regardless of age, has his or her own particular reasons for considering plastic surgery. For seniors who are returning to the workforce, it’s thought that looking younger can offer an edge over their less experienced competitors. But in many cases, seniors choose plastic surgery because they desire the boost of self-confidence it can provide. Seniors are recognizing that living well later in life is just as important as living longer and treating themselves to cosmetic surgery is one way to pamper themselves after a lifetime of hard work.

Popular procedures for seniors

Seniors who are interested in cosmetic enhancements, but aren’t yet ready to commit to plastic surgery, might want to dabble with injectables like dermal fillers or Botox. In the hands of a skilled plastic surgeon, injectables can produce natural-looking results.

When senior patients are ready to enjoy more dramatic results, it might be time for a facelift, perhaps combined with a neck lift or brow lift. These procedures address the effects of time and gravity on the skin and underlying tissues. They can restore aesthetically pleasing contours and resolve deep wrinkles and sagging.

Liposuction is popular among plastic surgery patients of all ages. Older adults often choose liposuction because, despite their best efforts with diet and exercise, their metabolism just isn’t quite what it used to be. Liposuction is effective for eliminating stubborn bulges of fat, but isn’t intended as a primary method of weight loss.

Special considerations

Since senior patients can be more susceptible to surgical complications, responsible plastic surgeons ask that these patients get medical clearance from their physicians before moving forward. In particular, it’s critical for patients to share their full medical history with their plastic surgeons, including any medical conditions they have and prescribed drugs, over-the-counter medicines, and supplements they take. Older patients should be aware that it may take a little longer for them to heal and they may need a little extra help around the house.

New York City plastic surgeon

Manhattan plastic surgeon Thomas W. Loeb, M.D., P.C. is renowned for his artistic results and a strict dedication to patient safety protocols. He firmly believes that people of all ages can benefit from beauty, confidence, and grace. When you’re ready to invest in yourself, call our Upper East Side suite at 212-327-3700 and schedule a private consultation.

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