Plastic Surgery boom Over fifties -why might that be?
The two images shown here are of ladies roughly same age. Libby on the right had a facelift clearly- the other lady hasn’t!
Are you finding yourself becoming one of the invisible generations?
That’s sadly what happens when you start to grow old. You find you gradually begin to become unnoticed. Like for example when waiting in line at a customer service desk. When it’s your turn, the assistant astonishingly doesn’t look in your direction but turns away to another client instead. Its as if you were unseen.
Being ignored is not something dramatic happens overnight it’s something which gradually starts to creep up on us. In everyday life, we find ourselves subtly and maybe unconsciously, marginalised by others in conversations.
Maybe (unwittingly) people display a certain indifference towards us. Our opinions don’t seem to count very much anymore.
Conversations are rarely extended beyond the minimum. In fact, people seem to put themselves out to disagree. The fact is its outright ageism and a view that the world belongs exclusively to the young.
Plastic Surgery boom over fifties Of course eventually, it happens to us all. But nevertheless, for those who once enjoyed being the centre of attention, it feels rather like society is shunning you. You have been categorised and treated as an invisible.
Why is that you may well ask?
Actually, you have to have lived through the experience of being both young, and old, to understand it.
Youthfulness projects a radiance and glow to which people react more positively. It’s true what’s so often been said- how you look is key to success. People naturally warm to attractive, bouncy, self-confident people. All of which comes from looking good and knowing it.
Frumpy, old and decrepit is sadly how the elderly are perceived. Which has the effect on an elderly person of feeling quite worthless? Your value is zero.
Plastic Surgery boom over fifties
So, what can be done to remedy this? Bearing in mind many people are quite happy to simply accept it. The ones who can’t, are usually those who were once very attractive and used to getting their own way. Which is of course much easier if you look good. You know you lost it when you can no longer get your own way or, be listened to anymore.
Does the idea of a cosmetic surgery procedure a consideration?
We have in the last year or so, seen a sharp rise in the number of enquires from the over 60’s for a wide range of cosmetic surgery procedures.
Obviously, we cannot conduct a survey as to precisely their reason/motives but here are a few possible reasons.
1) Money. It would seem that either people are becoming that bit “better off” or throwing ‘caution to the wind’ and splashing out. Or, making it a priority and foregoing another spending on a holiday, new kitchen, or home extension for example.
2) facelift and eyes surgery. What amongst the older generation is the most in-demand cosmetic surgery procedures? -faces and eyes. These are the areas which bug older people the most because they are clearly on display (cannot be hidden) and the face is what people connect with most. Reason for making the decision is based on personal pride in appearance, becoming noticed again instead of generally being ignored. From my own experience, a really good and natural looking facelift makes a massive positive effect. I recall after my last facelift ( I had two) my self-confidence massively improved. I recall one day a surly car clamper gave me at my confident request 15 minutes in order to do my shopping and amazingly addressed me as “babes” I had to laugh as I was age 56 at the time.
For someone who had enjoyed the admiration and attention of the opposite sex when younger, it was a welcome boost to my ego. Of course many would criticise my superficial attitude, and tell me to simply “grow old gracefully” but that’s not me!
Huge upsurge in Plastic Surgery among the over 50s
The fact is after my facelift on the ‘outside’ I looked age 40 again. The downside has nobody opened doors for me anymore or treated me as an older person who needed to be taken care of.
Whilst undergoing a facelift it’s very important that at the same time eye bags and upper lids surgery is performed Otherwise, the newly chiselled face is let down badly by old and tired looking eyes. If you plan to ignore the eyes, my advice is not to bother with the facelift at all- you will waste your money.
3) Tummy tucks and lipo combined.
Sadly many of our older generations have developed large tummy overhangs and expanding hip, thighs etc. This for them is very distressing because, in their younger years, they were mostly trim and slim. On the other hand these days often the daughter possesses a bigger tummy, thighs, and hips, than their mothers. It’s a fact we see it all the time. However its not for me to comment here on the reasons for this and why. However, a tummy tuck and liposuction on an older person make them look much better in their clothes but does not stand up to the scrutiny of just wearing a swimming costume. For most mature ladies it’s not a question of trying to attract a wife/husband or partner, it’s more personal self-esteem. They are conscious of being unable to stand up to scrutiny when wearing a bathing costume.
Bat wings. Another scourge for the older woman. Big flapping upper arms, very unsightly and reminds them of how their own Mum or aunty suffered from the same problem many years ago. Now perhaps they have a bit more empathy on the issues. However, bat wings correction is not a procedure to take lightly. Removing too much surplus skin can render you paralysed in that arm. Also, you can do absolutely nothing for at least 5 days following the surgery. But we’ll worthwhile I’d the rest of the body looks good, but let down by the flapping upper arms.
Of course, there are numerous other procedures which come into the category of ‘anti-ageing’ but the ones listed above are the priorities.
Another time I will describe these other procedures such as ageing- hands, laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels, and fat transfer.
Article created by: Libby Babbage-former owner of Europa International.