Facial rejuvenation procedures continue to be the most coveted procedures for baby boomers and the aging population, but recent trend reports show that seniors aren't heading to the plastic surgeon's office for a just the standard facelift. While facial wrinkles and sagging skin are a concern for many, more seniors are opting for body contouring procedures to achieve a tightened, toned and more youthful appearance.
Newsday.com recently reported on this trend and interviewed Dr. Alan Freedman, a plastic surgeon from Great Neck, New York. Dr. Freedman concurs that body contouring for older adults is one of the leading trends in cosmetic and plastic surgery, and that more men and women who are older than 55 are looking to tummy tucks and lipoplasty rather than facelift surgery.
Body contouring procedures are designed to not only remove excess fat, but also remove sagging skin and excess skin tissues to create a streamlined appearance. Many problem areas for aging women are the thighs, buttocks, upper arms and stomach. Problem areas for aging men are typically the stomach, back, and upper arms. Plastic surgeons each have a unique approach to performing these skin removal, liposuction and body reshaping procedures, and interested patients can set up a consultation with an area surgeon to determine if the procedure is the right choice.
Body contouring is a relatively extensive procedure, and many surgeons include a supplementation program to speed up the healing process. Seniors who are taking medications or are not in good physical condition may not be good candidates for the procedure, but there alternatives to surgery available.
For now at least, more seniors are likely to settle for body contouring instead of worrying about lines and wrinkles around the face. Upper body and lower body contouring and reshaping procedures typically cost between $8,000 - $15,000+ depending on the surgeon, extent of surgery and pre and post-operative treatment needed.