Over 65s reclaim golden years with cosmetic surgery

More people over the age of 65 are choosing to refresh their appearance by choosing to undergo cosmetic procedures. That's according to a report by the Chicago Tribune newspaper which says both surgical and non-invasive options are appealing to people either already enjoying or heading for retirement. Data released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, claims more than 7 per cent of cosmetic procedures carried out in the country are now carried out on people aged 65 or over.Dr Marc Karlan, an associate professor of clinical otolaryngology at Northwestern University, said he is now treating an increasing number of patients in that age group. He believes a number of factors lead older citizens to make the decision to refresh their looks. Dr Karlan said: "It's when they have the time and money to do what they've always wanted to do, or sometimes they have a wedding or bar mitzvah coming up, and want to look their best. "They're past the time of saying I'm too young to have anything done. And the world has changed so they're not too old."