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The Rise of Silver Surgery

The Rise of Silver Surgery

Published: 30/09/2012 by Mario M Anders

» Cosmetic Surgery
» Plastic Surgery

Growing numbers of middle-aged women and even older citizens, feel compelled to have facelifts, make-overs, tummy tucks and even boob jobs.

Silver surgery which is the new term for cosmetic surgery for those in their twilight years has become a hot topic around the world thanks to one woman: Marie Kolstad. The 83-year-old has made headlines around the globe after the great-grandma got a boob job.

As is to be expected, it's an operation that's proved pretty controversial. Doctors have lined up to write articles in the chastising the Californian for going under the knife at such an old age, others have come out in favour of refreshing the face and body, no matter at what age.

From the Botox needle in the lunch hour, it is an easy, logical next step to cosmetic surgery.


If it's out there, people will want it. You can get the face you can afford rather than the one you're stuck with. And turning the clock back ten years, might mean that promotion or even keeping your job are more likely. Job prospects might just improve for those who are starting to look chronologically older than their colleagues or peers.  People these days spend a fortune on clothing to create the right impression, why not also spend it on youthful looks.


Plastic surgery is on the rise among baby boomers, but now doctors are also seeing an increase also among septuagenarians and octogenarians.


In the United States in 2010, there were 84,865 surgical procedures among those over 65, according to the American Society for  Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. And these –

26,635 were face-lifts

24,893 cosmetic eyelid operations

6,469 liposuctions

5,874 breast reductions

3,875 forehead lifts

3,339 breast lifts

2,414 breast augmentations.

The biggest fear for most is the anesthesia but doctors insist that no-one is going to die on the table.


The United Kingdom newspapers also note an increase in the number of over-sixties having cosmetic surgery to improve their looks. TV programmes over there such as Ten Years Younger and Cosmetic Surgery Live have helped to reduce the stigma once attached to the procedures, and as a result there have been a surge in cosmetic surgical operations even among people of pensionable age.

BUPA quote figures of a 40per cent increase in the number of people in their sixties having cosmetic surgery in the last year and it is men as well as women. In the UK eyelid reductions account for 38 per cent of operations in the elderly age group followed by facelifts which make up the next 28 per cent.

It's hardly surprising that the everyone wants to appear as young as possible and it's becoming more and more common for women of all ages to wind the clock back with the help of cosmetic surgery or non-cosmetic treatments.

From facelifts to dermal fillers, from Botox to facial peels, there's a whole range of both invasive and non-invasive ways to smooth out wrinkles, to reverse the ageing process, and to reveal a revitalised and rejuvenated self. And the figures suggest that these treatments and more are growing in popularity, both in the UK and US, with figures from both the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reporting big patient volume increases earlier this year. Silver surgery, it seems, is only going to grow and grow.