Think plastic surgery is solely the pursuit of the young? You may want to reconsider that view, as a new Surgery.org report indicates that cosmetic enhancement rates are soaring among the over 55 crowd.
Despite the growing popularity of everything from facial fillers to lipo, seniors have a great deal to consider before jumping on the plastic surgery bandwagon. From financial issues to medical concerns, it’s important that you do your research before deciding whether cosmetic enhancement is right for you.
There are many explanations for the recent plastic surgery boom among America’s older adults. While some seniors pursue plastic surgery before reentering the dating world after divorce or the death of a spouse, others seek to correct an issue like crooked teeth or a sagging stomach that’s tormented them for years. Because 55-plus people tend to have more disposable income, they can finally afford treatments to achieve the faces and bodies they’ve always desired.
Along with dental procedures and liposuction, facial surgeries are the most common among the over-55 crowd. Along with face and forehead lifts, seniors are going under the knife for nose jobs, hair transplantation and ear reshaping. And with procedures yielding more natural looking results, many seniors are able to look as young on the outside as they feel inside.
While plastic surgery can have a great effect on both self esteem and quality of life, seniors should do their research before deciding to go under the knife. Although people may assume that elective procedures are safer, the truth is that every surgery carries some degree of risk.
Speak to your doctor to determine whether your age or health factors may hinder your ability to recover from a plastic surgery procedure. If you have high blood pressure or an underlying heart condition, you may decide that plastic surgery is not worth the risk.
Along with the medical considerations, seniors should take note of the financial burden associated with plastic surgery. Unfortunately, Medicare does not typically cover cosmetic procedures. Before scheduling your procedure, find out how much the treatment will cut into your savings.
Finally, prospective surgery patients should assess their reasons for pursuing treatment as well as their expectations for the outcome. While plastic surgery can correct a number of flaws, it is not a miracle cure. Additionally, it can be a mistake to pursue plastic surgery to distract yourself from a divorce or other major life event.
Plastic surgery is a big decision no matter your age. However, when approached with realistic expectations, these procedures can have a significant effect on your happiness and overall self esteem. Do your research and assess all the pros and cons before determining whether cosmetic enhancement is right for you.
If you or someone you know would like more information about plastic surgery, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!