Cosmetic surgery 'proving popular with over 65s'

14 February 2012

Cosmetic surgery procedures are being more actively pursued by people over the age of 65 years old, if new research is to be believed.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 7.3 per cent of all cosmetic treatments which the organisation studied involved a patient in this age group.

The Chicago Tribune reported that such a statistic is up considerably from the 5.4 per cent share which was recorded as recently as 2002.

Commenting on why cosmetic surgery is proving more appealing to over 65s, Dr Marc Karlan, associate professor of clinical otolaryngology at Northwestern University, noted: "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."

The expert went on to explain that people in this age group have more time to undergo such procedures than younger individuals, while also hoping to "look their best" for a big occasion.

A separate study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery revealed that 43 per cent of patients used social media websites to help with their options regarding cosmetic surgery in 2011.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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