Over 65s is growing market for cosmetic surgery
09 August 2011Older people are opting for cosmetic surgery much more frequently than ever before. This is the opinion of one plastic surgeon, Mr Daniel Man, from Boca Raton, America, who says he has seen an increase in the number of enquiries for surgery from those aged 65 and over. Of his older patients, Mr Man said: These people are healthy and want to be an active part of society." While some critics are sceptical that surgery is wise for older people, a recent report published in the Plastic and Reconstructive journal in June found that the risks involved with surgery were no greater in patients aged 65 or over than they were in younger patients. Marie Kolstad, 83, chose to have a three-hour breast uplift and augmentation operation. Kolstad works full time and keeps herself busy socially and when her body started to betray her age, she wanted to do something about it. Kolstad, who lives in Orange County, California, said: Your breasts go in one direction, and your brain goes in another. Physically, I'm in good health, and I just feel like, why not take advantage of it? My mother lived a long time, and I'm just taking it for granted that that will happen to me. And I want my children to be proud of what I look like. Mary Graham, 77, who also opted for breast implants and had a facelift, said: The only time I go to the doctor is for plastic surgery. Nancy Etcoff, an assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School, said: Part of our stereotype of old people is that they are social, warm and likeable, but powerless and sexless. Here we are in the age of Viagra, which is very well-accepted, but suddenly the idea of older people, mostly women, wanting to be sexually attractive at that age makes us uncomfortable. If an older woman wants to regain eyelids or wants a breast that she doesn't have to tuck into a waistband, then why not?