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Why are Women Over 50 Turning to Plastic Surgery?

January 16, 2016 | Beard Transplants, Body Contouring, Breast Augmentation, Breast Implants, Eyelift

Before and After Eyelift SurgeryWomen in their 50’s are increasingly turning to plastic surgery, and the reason why might surprise you. New financial freedoms mean that if you’re in your mid to late 50’s, you can spend your money where you want to – whether it’s traveling the world, doing some extra shopping, or even purchasing a new home.

A lot of women are using their pensions and investment incomes on things they’ve always wanted – like plastic surgery. More and more 50 and 60-somethings are coming in for cosmetic procedures like breast implants, body recontouring, and facial aesthetics (like eye lifts or Botox.)

Mature Patients Make Up the Majority

In 2015, the American Society for Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) said that individuals age 55 or over made up nearly 1/4 of all of the patients seen for cosmetic treatments. Not surprisingly, those in the age bracket of 40-54 made up over 1/3 of all patients. This can come as a surprise to most people, who assume cosmetic surgery is only for the young 20 or 30-something year olds.

Why the huge increase? It could be that more mature women are choosing to “tweak” their appearance, rather than change it completely. Subtle, age-defying procedures like eye lifts or injectables make it less obvious you’ve had any “work” done. More dramatic procedures like nose jobs are becoming less common among women in these age brackets.

Financial Freedom to Invest in Yourself

Being that people over 55 are free from a lot of the financial obligations that they had as younger adults (such as purchasing a home or raising a family,) they are often free to enjoy a bit more flexibility with their spending. Add in the fact that cosmetic treatment’s aren’t really regarded as a “taboo” thing anymore, people that might not have considered getting work done now find themselves moving forward with minor or less invasive procedures. They’re often surprised to see that cosmetic surgery is actually quite affordable for the individual on an average-income.

What Are People Getting Done?

Women are coming in for injectables or other types of non-surgical procedures to add youth and volume to their faces. They just want to feel vibrant and less tired when they look in the mirror. Since people are living longer, we don’t want to look older than the age that we feel!

While more invasive surgeries are usually left to the younger crowd, 50-somethings are not hesitant one bit to take advantage of simple outpatient or non-surgical treatments. The women that are going in for breast augmentation are typically those that had the surgery done a decade or so ago, and want to change them up a bit to fit their new body.

It’s Not Just Women! Men are Getting in on the Action, too!

And women aren’t the only ones taking advantage of convenient treatments. Men are joining in too! In most cases, men just want to look younger or less tired, and there’s a lot we can do to make that happen. Some men choose to have things done to their neck or eyes, to gently lift the skin and add a youthful glow to their appearance. Some of them are even getting beard implants!

It’s never late to do something to improve the way you look. Call my El Paso office to schedule a private consultation to find out what options might be best for you!

You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Frank Agullo by calling (915) 590-7900 or by filling out our online contact form.