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Why Are Senior Citizens Getting Plastic Surgery?

The Wall Street Journal recently published a well-written article about why more and more Americans over the age of 65 are seeking plastic surgery.  While every patient has his/her unique motivations for plastic surgery, the article focused on seniors who are working longer because their savings have been depleted due to global economic realities.  This group of people cannot retire at age 65 because of changing Social Security payouts and a drop in 401-K values, so it is important that they remain young looking and competitive in the workforce against “30-somethings.”  Most patients in this category complained of looking “tired” in their facial appearance.  The American Association for Plastic Surgeons reported that this demographic experienced a 29% increase in plastic surgery procedures between 2005 and 2010.  The majority of procedures were Botox and other injectable fillers, but there were a healthy amount of facelifts, liposuction and tummy tucks too.  Others seeking plastic surgery in this age group report that with increased life expectancies that they want to look as young as possible for as long as possible.  Though the ASPS does not discourage older Americans from undergoing plastic surgery or other cosmetic procedures, this demographic should approach with mindfulness that certain health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes can impact recovery.  However, a good plastic surgeon will address these concerns with his/her patient before moving forward with any surgical procedure.

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