Cosmetic Surgery for Seniors – Three Popular Options

cosmetic surgery for seniorsCosmetic Surgery For Seniors – Three Most Popular

No-one is perfect, but lots of Americans are willing to pay a surgeon to help them inch a little closer to perfection – and this includes seniors. Recent research from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery found that over 84,000 people aged 65 or older had cosmetic surgery in 2010, and experts expect that this number will continue to rise.

There are lots of reasons why people consider cosmetic surgery as they age; it can help to boost self-esteem and help people to look younger – but which plastic surgery procedures are the most popular with seniors?

Face Lifts

The study from the ASAPS found that the most popular cosmetic surgery for people over 65 is face lifts, totaling 26,635 face lifts in 2010. A face lift is an effective way to remove fat and loose skin from the face, helping to reduce facial sagging and creases. This can make people appear more youthful and fresh, which is important to many seniors who feel insecure about the way they look.

Cosmetic Eyelid Operations

The second most popular cosmetic surgery is cosmetic eyelid operations (also known as a blepharoplasty), with 24,783 seniors undergoing cosmetic eyelid operations in 2010. This surgery is very popular, and while the final effects can be similar to a face lift the procedure is completely different. The surgeon will remove skin and fat from the eyelids to create a higher eyelid crease, and sometimes the surgeon will also add skin or fat to create the desired look.


The third most popular surgery for people over 65 is liposuction. In total Americans over 65 underwent 6,469 liposuctions, so this number is much lower than the amount of people paying for face lifts and eyelid operations, but it is important to note that liposuction is more invasive and more expensive. The procedure is used to help remove unwanted fat from the body, and it involves sucking out stubborn fat that is hard to loose through exercise. Normally the fat is removed from the buttocks, the hips, the thighs or the stomach, and there are three different types of liposuction to choose from; Vaser liposuction, Laser liposuction and traditional liposuction.

Whether you love it or hate it, cosmetic surgery is very popular in the US. And clearly it isn’t just young people who want to alter their appearance!