Boom in 'silver surgery' patients reported

A new survey has reported a boom in cosmetic surgery operations amongst people aged 45 to 65 years in the UK.

According to the research conducted by the Harley Medical Group, the number of 'silver surgery' procedures carried out in 2008 doubled, with the majority of respondents citing a second marriage as their primary motivation.

The most popular surgical procedures among women in the age group were shown to be eye bag removal (blepharoplasty), brow lift, breast uplift, facelift and Botox.

Men aged 45 to 65 years were seen to favour rhinoplasty (nose surgery) and otoplasty, a procedure through which the ears are reshaped.

Liz Dale, director of the Harley Medical Group, said: "Many patients have thought about surgery for a long time and when they come out of a long-term relationship it can be part of a fresh strategy.

"Cosmetic surgery helps give our patients renewed sense of confidence as they embark on new relationships and second marriages. We also see many patients using Botox to help keep their appearance fresh when they have a younger partner."

She added: "It's not only the demand for cosmetic surgery that's changing, it's also the perceptions associated with it. Twenty years ago the majority of our patients wouldn't tell anyone about their surgery; it would be a complete secret. Now the majority are happy to share the details of surgery with their families and friends."

Last month, both Sharon Osbourne and former punk star Toyah Wilcox encouraged more women to admit to cosmetic surgery and announced their support for women who plan to undergo procedures in the future.