Cosmetic Surgery and Seniors: What Did Grandma Have Done?

Princess 19 on 11 Dec 2012 at 9:00am

Who says you have to be young to do something to feel good about yourself? A growing number of "older" individuals are having plastic surgery these days and you'd be surprised at what they are having done.

Awhile back, the Daily Mail profiled British women in their 50's and 60's who chose to have surgery later in life. Their decisions to go under the knife were made for reasons other than the typical "I want to look better in my tops." For Lyn Owen, 61, she wanted to fulfill a dream to walk the Great Wall of China. 

"I had a fantastic retirement package and longed to discover more of the world," said Lyn. "But, I rapidly realised I wouldn’t fulfill a single dream because I weighed 22 stone (308 pounds) and was a dress size 22 (US size 20)."

Lyn had gastric bypass in 2008 when she was 57.  She is now down to 13 stone (182 pounds), a 126 pound weight loss more suited for her 6 ft frame. With her boosted confidence, she also got a facelift, a neck lift, and an arm lift (some procedures due to the weight loss and others just to feel good) — bringing the total costs to about $25,000 of work. She claims to not only have lost weight from the surgeries, but also got a "personaity transplant" and a renewed outlook on life. "After the Great Wall of China, I’m planning a trip to South America."

Joan Lloyd, 65, had breast augmentation at 64.  She enhanced herself to an F-cup to make herself feel better after the loss of her husband in 2010.  Her husband, who needed round-the-clock care for 15 years after suffering a series of strokes, drained Joan emotionally and physically.  When he died of a brain hemorrhage, Joan realized she should enjoy the rest of her life.

before and after elderly facelifts"I’ve always been impulsive and, on the spur of the moment, I decided to have a boob job," said Joan. "A boob job at 64 helped me adjust to widowhood."

But, what about a boob job at 83? The New York Times reported that 83-year-old Maria Kolstad from Orange County, Calif., underwent a three-hour breast lift with implants, an $8,000 procedure, in July. 
Maria comically said that at her age, "“your breasts go in one direction and your brain goes in another." 

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery found that in 2010 there were 84,685 surgical procedures among patients age 65 and older, and in 2011 there were 99,701.

According to plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert Buchanan from North Carolina, "There are no increased risks of implants in older women. The only possibility of increased risk is with the surgery if you have a medical condition that anesthesia could affect. If you are past menopause and not on hormone replacement therapy with no medical problems, your risks are actually less than a younger woman on birth control pills."  

“Physically, I’m in good health, and I just feel like, why not take advantage of it?” says Maria.

Perhaps Maria and Joan Rivers should form a support group.

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