Rise in cosmetic surgery for the elderly

More over-65s are having cosmetic surgery and non-surgical treatments than ever before. This is the finding of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) whose latest figures show a rise of almost 30 per cent in the number of over-65s having procedures and treatments from 2005 to 2010. A change in the perception of how we are going to live out the last years of our lives has been mooted as the reason for this rise in demand.Dr Remus Repta, a cosmetic surgeon at the John C Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, agrees. He told Ktar.com: “We think we're going to be just as active, just as beautiful, just as romantic, just as socially inclined.” Another potential reason for the rise could be the competitive nature of the employment market and the feeling that having a youthful and energetic appearance is the key to success. “The older population is going to be more facelift, neck lift, and brow lift. Sometimes they want less invasive surgeries like skin resurfacing for all of the sun damage that they've acquired. But generally, it's shoulders and up,” said Dr Repta. Dr Repta was also keen to point out that patient care for the elderly involves thorough pre-operation evaluation to ensure they are physically fit enough for the procedure.