While the focus lately has been the number of young people opting for cosmetic surgery, statistics show there’s been a significant increase at the other end of the scale too.
A closer look reveals a significant percentage of this increase has occurred in the last five years.
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Last year, 37,632 facelifts and 39,772 eyelid surgeries were performed on people 65 and older, with three quarters of those patients totally new to surgery.
While there aren’t the same statistics available here in Australia, Dr Jack Zoumaras of Sydney’s Artiste Plastic Surgery says he has seen an increase in older patients.
“The average age of a patient requesting a facelift is in their 60s. As people live longer, older patients are having more plastic surgery,” he says.
“The most popular requests are a facelift and neck lift surgery.” (Post continues after gallery.)
Other popular choices in the age bracket include breast implant changes in those who had them inserted when younger, eyelid surgery and non-surgical Botox and fillers.
He believes there are a number of explanations for this increase.
“Traditionally after turning 60 years old patients have wanted a face and neck lift but with the advent of non-surgical facial techniques this has delayed some patients getting surgery so they are presenting for surgery at an older age,” he says.
“Also older patients – and in particular the baby boomer generation in Australia – have disposable income after downsizing and selling assets. They feel it is time to do something personally for themselves and seek the expertise of a plastic surgeon.”