While baby boomers and patients in their 20 and 30s make up the majority of the target market for cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, a recent study shows that seniors - those who are between the ages of 65 and 85 – are among the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, and may be some of the best candidates for cosmetic surgery in the near future.
The trend was reported in late 2000 in the article, “Turning Back Time” on WebMD; according to Brian Kinney, assistant clinical professor of plastic surgery at the University of Southern California School of Medicine in Los Angeles, many health-conscious 65-year olds “realize they have another 20 or 30 yeas to socialize.” Many focus on enhancing their appearance, and can look forward to aging gracefully. (Source: Medicine.net)
Dr. Ferdinand Becker, a facial plastic surgeon and assistant clinical professor at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Vero Beach, Florida points out that he treats more older patients than the typical surgeon, and this is a growing trend in the cosmetic surgery industry.
In a recent article, “Older Patients Are Boosting Their Lives with Cosmetic Surgery” in the Cosmetic Surgery Times, writer Karen Donley-Hayes references statistics that reveal a 40 percent increase in the number of men and women in their 60s having cosmetic surgery. The most sought-after procedures include breast reduction, tummy tucks, facelifts and eyelid reductions. Surgeons may be able to attract more clients by tailoring their treatments specifically for geriatric patients, and older patients who take the time to learn about the complications of the procedure and any contraindications will be the best candidates for surgery. (Source: ModernMedicine.com)
The patient’s health is an important factor when considering plastic or cosmetic surgery, and the patient may need to consult with their general physician to make sure they are not putting themselves at risk when undergoing surgery that involves anesthesia or extensive incisions. Despite the implications associated with cosmetic surgery, many people can still benefit from liposuction, eyelid surgery and facelift surgery well into their 80s and 90s.