New research from The Independent Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) has shone a spotlight on what pensioners are planning to spend their hard-saved cash on. As well as travelling the world and indulging in ‘treats’, the over-55s are informing their pension advisers that they’d like to spend their money on cosmetic surgery ops such as facelifts, eyelid lifts and even body reshaping procedures, usually the preserve of the younger patient.
In 2014 the American Society for Plastic Surgeons released data that showed that the over-55s made up 24% of all cosmetic surgery procedures and these figures are probably similar to the UK.
What drives older patients to have cosmetic surgery?
As 50 becomes the new 40 and 60 becomes the new 50, we are living longer and healthier and it is now considered normal – and even expected by some – that you try to keep ageing at bay with whatever means necessary. A poll carried out a few years ago by Saga Magazine, the voice of the older generation, found that four in ten said there was no harm in improving their appearance. Cosmetic surgery has also become far less taboo, helped by ‘older’ celebrities such as Felicity Kendal and Jane Fonda openly admitting that they have gone under the knife or needle.
Which cosmetic surgery procedures are popular with the older patient?
Facial rejuvenation for anti-ageing purposes are the most commonly-requested procedures by older men and women that attend my Leamington cosmetic surgery clinic. Non-surgical procedures such as dermal fillers and Botox can be effective, but often there has been such a loss of skin elasticity that these non-surgical procedure may not achieve the results you’re expecting.
- Facelift: as the skin and muscles in the face start to slacken and fat volume is lost then you’ll start to see a descent of these tissues, causing sunken cheeks, folds to appear around the nose and mouth and sagging of the jawline. The facelifts of old just removed excess skin, often resulting in a pulled and unnatural appearance. Now, the aim of a facelift is to reposition these tissues, restoring more youthful facial contours.
- Neck Lift: an ageing neck is a common complaint that I hear at my Leamington cosmetic surgery clinic. The skin on the neck is thinner and is often overlooked when it comes to moisturising and sun protection so skin quickly starts to sag due to a combination of age, gravity and sun damage. Excess skin is removed and the underlying muscles tightened during a neck lift to produce a more youthful appearance.
- Eyelid Lift: the thin skin on the upper and lower eyelids make them a prime target for wrinkling and I see many women who complain that they are no longer able to put make-up on as a result. In extreme cases, drooping of the upper lids can even obscure vision. An eyelid lift is a very popular anti-ageing procedure producing very pleasing results in both women and in men.
Naturally, great care and attention is taken with regard to safety to ensure that people are fit enough for any selected treatment option, thorough assessment of both individual health status and of risk/benefit being made in each case.
For more information on any of the cosmetic surgery procedures I offer and for a full and comprehensive assessment of your suitability, book a consultation by calling 01926 436341.