Plastic Surgery for Baby Boomers
Confident, hard-working, self-actualizing—these are some of the characteristics of the Baby Boomer generation, those born between 1946 and 1964, according to seniorliving.org. These men and women tend to seek health and wellness in new ways, says the website, and they also want to enjoy a high quality of life.
With that backdrop, it may come as no surprise that Baby Boomers elect cosmetic surgery and non-invasive treatment in greater numbers than ever before. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recently released their statistics for last year and noted that “nearly 50,000 more cosmetic procedures [were] performed on those 55 and older than in the previous year.” Leading treatments include liposuction, breast augmentation and hair transplants, says the ASPS, along with Botox and fillers. Also worthy of note is that this age group accounted for two-thirds of facelifts and nearly half the eyelid surgeries performed in 2018.
Like many practices, we have our share of senior patients for whom living life to the fullest is a priority. Read this real patient story of Moira, one of our favorite New York cosmetic surgery patients, as one example.
The Dating Scene
The Pew Research Center, “a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world,” published a report two years ago stating that the divorce rate for Americans 50 years old and above has doubled since 1990. It’s no surprise, then, that older singles are trying online dating in large numbers–20 million, to be exact, says an article in Plastic Surgery Practice. Since the first impression made on dating websites is via photos, baby boomers are especially interested in rejuvenating their faces.
One plastic surgeon quoted in the piece says that older Americans are not looking for unrealistic results, they generally just want to fine-tune their appearance and feel more confident. We generally find this to be the case with our New York cosmetic surgery patients as well.
Of course, people past their twenties and thirties have elected cosmetic surgery for decades. In the early 2000s, a new trend began to emerge: the mommy makeover. Recognizing that many post-pregnancy patients were interested in multiple cosmetic procedures to regain their pre-baby shape, and knowing that more than one type of surgery could be performed at once most of the time, plastic surgeons began to market the mommy makeover concept.
The classic mommy makeover is a tummy tuck to tighten up stretched muscles and skin, often with light liposuction for stray fat deposits, combined with breast surgery: augmentation, a lift or both. But the great thing about mommy makeover surgery in New York with us is that we customize it to fit the exact needs of the individual. As long as combination surgery can be performed safely and result in a reasonable recovery, a mommy makeover can be whatever our patients need it to be.
Not to be left out of the makeover scene, middle-aged men are also looking for help in shaping up these days. Hence, the currently popular daddy do-over. The New York Post published an article just a few weeks ago noting that being a dad means men typically have less time for pickup basketball games and other calorie-burning activities, and sometimes extra fat deposits are the result. Not only that, says a cosmetic surgeon quoted, but fat distribution changes as men age. Therefore, guys are increasingly interested in liposuction of the abdomen and flanks.
We’ve been working with men in the middle age and Baby Boomer age brackets for many years. Since we are known for our expertise in a gynecomastia surgery in New York, many guys come to us for surgery to get rid of man boobs. We often add on light liposuction to address fat deposits at the side of the chest and/or the love handles at the same time. Perhaps this makes us pioneers of the daddy do-over! In any case, along with the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), we wrote about a “daddy makeover” trend four years ago.
What’s in a Name?
To us, catchy procedure names and trends really don’t matter much. What we care about is the satisfaction and even joy on our patients’ faces when they see their new shape begin to appear after one or more “tune-up” procedures. The truth is, we have been customizing our recommendations for each unique New York cosmetic surgery patient we serve for more than thirty years.
Interested in seeing what we can do for you? Just give us a call at 212-570-6080.