New York, NY- Cosmetic surgery and liposuction has been experiencing growth every year despite the ailing economy. Recent figures on Americans and plastic surgery have been released, showing that the many people over the age of 65 are going in for nips and tucks.
The newest statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery showed that plastic surgery among seniors increased 11 percent in 2011 over 2010.
The preferred procedures for those over 65 include eyelifts, which was most popular with this age group. Facelift was the second most popular procedure with liposuction coming in at third. Botox and other non-invasive procedures that smooth out wrinkles made up 87 percent of cosmetic enhancements for the senior group.
The Wall Street Journal reported that one possible reason for the uptick in plastic surgery and liposuction for the 65 and up group could be attributed to the fact that people are working well past retirement age and need to remain competitive with younger professionals. Another reason could be because seniors just want to get more enjoyment out of life and cosmetic surgery can make them feel younger and rejuvenated.
As with any surgery, a facelift or liposuction has its risk and individuals over 65 should speak with their primary physicians and specialists to determine if they are healthy enough for an elective surgery. Seniors should also make certain their surgeons are board-certified and have the proper training and equipment to deal with an emergency situation should one arise.