Quick: what’s your stance on cosmetic plastic surgery? If you’re like over fifty percent of Americans, you’re cool with it. And according to Surgery.org, 67% of people surveyed would not be embarrassed if friends or family members were aware that they’d had work done. What a far cry from sentiments expressed back in the mid-20th century.
OK, now, another question: how would you feel about your 70-year-old mom undergoing plastic surgery to lift her face and/or augment her breasts? Ongoing data points to this trend becoming more commonplace in the next few years.
As people live longer and take better care of themselves, physicians are learning firsthand that they want their bodies to look as good on the outside as they feel on the inside. Just back in 2010, it was found that around 77% of people over the age of 65 would be openly willing to consider a cosmetic procedure. Surgical and non-surgical work among seniors have continued to rise in this country throughout the 2000’s. In fact, in just the last 15 years, the numbers have increased by over 300%. Over 1 million seniors will receive cosmetic work this year, making people over 65 now the steadiest growth market out there.
By the way, it’s not just women doing it. A growing number of men in their 60’s and 70’s are getting Botox injections, eyelid work, and hair transplants – not to mention chemical peels and liposuction, and other procedures.
So what’s causing the shift? One big factor: divorce and spousal death. Realself.com reports that divorcees and widows have begun to shed the belief that life grinds to a halt when their marriage ends. Many are expressing a desire to explore new things, travel, date and remain active both socially and physically. The same thing applies to a lot of today’s empty nester couples.
If your favorite senior is considering a decision to “embark upon some upkeep,” listen and provide support for their point of view. Find out what you can do to assist them to make the absolute best decision for themselves, and optimize their health. Perform thorough research. There are a lot of snake oil salesmen and women seeking to prey especially upon the fears, hopes and insecurities of older individuals. Talk with your dad or mom about their expectations and reasoning. And if the final verdict includes cosmetic plastic surgery, make sure you know as much as possible about the physician or provider involved.
There is so much to think about when entering the later stages of life. If you are considering elder care options, we at 805Aging can help. Our professional staff specializes in assisting you to choose the right kind of care for your loved one.
We conduct regular check-ins when you are unable to do so. 805Aging also provides oversight and detailed feedback to the family to keep your loved one safe and well-cared for day or night, weekday or weekend, holiday and every day.
We have the resources. We can hold your hand. We can guide you. Your peace of mind is our main goal, and is well assured. To find out more, call us at 805-750-4755 or visit our website and sign up for our monthly newsletter: www.805Aging.com.
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