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Granny's Boob Job Shows Rise of Plastic Surgery in Seniors

Per recent statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), as reported in a CBSNews.com article, "In 2010, 84,685 Americans age 65 or older had cosmetic surgery, according to the society. That's a 21-percent increase from 2009, when 69,685 older Americans had cosmetic surgery. The most common procedures among seniors are facelift, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), liposuction, breast reduction, and breast lift."

Although Dr. Markmann has not witnessed an increase in the number of seniors undergoing plastic surgery at his practice, he has definitely taken notice to the type of procedures senior are undergoing. There has been a shift in the trends these days, as compared to 15 to 20 years ago. Facelifts and eyelid surgery remain popular, but now liposuction, breast reduction, and breast augmentation are being requested as well. Tummy tuck surgery has also become a top procedure among seniors, says Dr. Markmann. Yet, with the greater interest from seniors opting for cosmetic enhancements comes the general health issue concerns. For instance, can a 70-year old Baltimore breast augmentation patient emerge from surgery without any problems? Do 25-year olds better qualify for a procedure, such as liposuction?

"Today, Americans are living longer. They are exercising more, feeling younger…so they want to look as young as they feel," says Dr. Markmann. Ultimately, he explains, determining who is qualified for a procedure is based on a case-by-case basis. Because every individual is different and has unique health conditions, there is no standard age regarding who qualifies for specific procedures. Recently, over the summer, 83-year old Marie Kolstad from Orange County, California received breast implants and a lift (as discussed in the aforementioned CBSNews.com report). She admitted that one of the reasons she wanted to aesthetically enhance her appearance was because she wants her children to be proud of what she looks like.

Whether desiring a more youthful facial appearance or a tighter tummy, older patients are not shying away from plastic surgery. And qualified surgeons, such as Dr. Markmann, are ensuring that a senior can anticipate a safe experience after properly undergoing pre-operative testing. Describing this testing as “more aggressive” as compared to younger patients, Dr. Markmann creates beautiful outcomes for individuals as early as their late-teens to those in their 80s.

To learn if you qualify for a specific procedure, such as a facelift, breast augmentation, or tummy tuck surgery, please contact the Ellicott City/Baltimore practice of Dr. Markmann. He welcomes prospective patients of all ages to visit him for an initial consultation.