13 July 2011According to one cosmetic surgeon, more older brides than ever before are turning to cosmetic surgery ahead of their big day. Peter Paterson, a surgeon based in Lancashire, told thisislancashire.co.uk that he has noticed a rise in the number of women who are marrying later in life coming to him for treatments and procedures to look younger ahead of their wedding.Mr Paterson said: As older women get married for the first time or re-marry, they along with their bridesmaids - are increasingly using quick and easy procedures carried out under local anaesthetic to improve their self-confidence and their appearance on the big day. One such example of this phenomenon is Sue Bates, 48, from Preston, Lancashire, who had ear reshaping surgery before marrying husband Adrian, also 48. I have always been conscious of my Dumbo ears they were horrendous - but had never considered having anything done because I was worried about the cost and the need for a general anaesthetic. I saw it as an ideal opportunity to look even better on my wedding day, she said. She also told of how pleased she was with the results of a partial face lift to remove the loose skin around her jaw line a procedure which she underwent having seen the impressive results of her ear surgery.