I came across an interesting article in the New York Times that was published back in August. And since my post last week was about the top cosmetic procedures in the New Year, I thought it was appropriate to follow with this blog. An estimated 2,400 US women over the age of 65 got breast implants in 2010, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Also in 2010, an estimated 50,000 US women over the age of 65 received facelifts and eyelid surgeries. Why the trend? Most grandmothers are keeping their appearance as young as their spirit.
I’ve had a large rise in aging clientele in my Austin plastic surgery practice as well over the past few years. Patients in their 60s or older are coming in asking for Botox injections, Sculptra Aesthetic, breast augmentation in Austin, and tummy tucks in order to turn back the hands of time.
Many aging patients say they are concerned about staying in the job market, dating market, and/or fitting into their clothes better. Others tell me that certain procedures boost their confidence. Of course I want my patients to look and feel their best, at whatever age, but it is important to remember that realistic expectations are the keys to a successful outcome. Body contouring and a facelift in Austin can make a person feel and look younger than their age, sometimes by 10 to 15 years. With small procedures such as using Sculptra Aesthetic to promote the formation of collagen in cheeks and help eliminate the majority of wrinkles by restoring lost volume, older women and men can still look and feel younger gradually with minimal downtime.
The bottom line is that a patient and his or her plastic surgeon need to work together to come up with the best cosmetic plan possible. If you are interested in finding out more about any of the services we offer, call my office at (512) 288-8200 or contact us to learn more!