Plastic Surgery in the Golden Years

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Plastic Surgery in the Golden Years

Men and women of all age groups are having elective plastic surgery & cosmetic surgery, however there is a rising number of people opting to improve their appearance in their 60s, 70s and even 80s. Americans are living longer and are more active. . Additionally, medical breakthroughs mean that people enjoying an unprecedented quality of life as they age. It stands to reason that we want to look good well into our later years. Seniors are feeling better longer and have a desire to look better longer too.

The Most Common Cosmetic Surgery for the Golden Years


The most common plastic surgery procedures are for facial rejuvenation, include: facelifts, necklifts, eyelid surgery, brow lifts, fat grafting to the face, cheek and chin implants.

Newer Plastic Surgery Trends for Patients in the Golden Years

A more recent trend is for more older patients to opt for plastic surgery typically reserved for a “younger crowd”.  Cosmetic procedures such as liposuction, a tummy tuck, breast lift or breast augmentation. Often times patients have wanted to have the procedure performed for years, other times the decision is made to help combat the aging process. Whatever the reason, as long as the patient is healthy, the outcomes are typically very good with high patient satisfaction.

Seniors have time to try new activities, travel, or pick up a hobby from their youth.  One of our patients discovered ballroom dancing in her 60’s.  She loved dancing so much, she started to compete.  Her goal was to look and feel fabulous in her ballroom dresses.  She opted for an augmentation breast lift, tummy tuck and liposuction.  After surgery she reported to us, “I am getting higher scores in competition, maybe because I look better, but most likely because my new look makes me feel fantastic!”

Older patients do their research and are more likely to select a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Patients in their golden years tend to place value on a surgeon’s education, training, and board certifications.  They are more likely to ask their personal physicians, friends or family members for referrals.  They also tend to be more compliant patients and understand the need to rest during recovery.  There are many factors about this age group that makes them ideal patietns for cosmetic surgery.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is available for patients to find great surgeons that are board-certified.  Dr. Aguiar is a board-certified plastic surgeon and a member of the ASPS.

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