New Boobs at 75 - The Senior Plastic Surgery Trend Continues

Princess 19 on 31 Aug 2011 at 9:00am

There's been a lot of talk lately about the (perceived) rising age of plastic surgery patients. We first brought the subject up as we noticed lots of questions on RealSelf about the appropriate age to have plastic surgery.

Then the New York Times dicussed  the Orange County woman who had a boob job at 83.  It was followed quickly by a Today Show profile of 75-year-old Sherri Cook,  a feisty senior who underwent cosmetic surgery to get breast implants and a lift.

“You know, I always tell my husband that I think older women all end up looking like oatmeal boxes or match sticks,” Cook told Today Show reporter Aditi Roy. “And I don’t want to look like either one of those.”

California-based otolaryngologist and plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Niccole, also Cook's surgeon, couldn't agree more.  He is a firm supporter of senior plastic surgery. 

facelift before and after“They’ll come in and say, ‘You know, I take my clothes off and that’s not me,’” Dr. Niccole said. “That’s not me anymore.”

According to Dr. Niccole, the face is not the only concern any more for seniors.

“They’re moving on more toward body contouring with breast liftstummy tucks,” he adds.

As long as the potential senior patients are screened beforehand and are deemed healthy enough to go through the surgery, many physicians have no issue performing the procedures.  According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, nearly 85,000 people age 65 and older chose to enhance their appearance by having cosmetic surgery in 2010.

Dr. Michael Salzhauer notes that it can be about matching outside with in: "They don't see the person that they feel they are inside...They're asking for help."

For Cook, it was a no-brainer. 

"Why the implants? Because, honey, they’re not going to look good without them. Ha! Ha! That’s the whole thing about looking as good as you can as long as you can.”

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