Recently the New York Times reported on the growing trend of men and women over 65 having plastic surgery. While this trend is expected to continue growing, currently plastic surgeons in NJ and across the nation performed over 84,000 surgical cosmetic procedures on seniors in 2010.
Why now and why in record numbers? Dr. Paul M. Parker of the Parker Center for Plastic Surgery in Paramus, NJ has a few ideas on this latest trend.
- Active Seniors are healthier and more fit today than ever in the past
- Seniors want to look as good as they feel
- The social stigma of having had surgery has all but disappeared. Plastic surgery is no longer just for celebrities
- Surgical techniques have improved, giving patients better results than in the past
- Anesthesia drugs and monitoring has improved making surgery safer especially for older patients
“I believe that physiological age is more important than chronological age. If you have a patient who is in good health, motivated to have surgery and has a realistic expectation of what surgery can do for them, these patients can sail through the process,” explained Dr. Parker.
Having the support of loved ones and their medical doctor is very important to older patients. They need to feel that they can count on their acceptance and assistance during the recovery process.
Dr. Parker has had patients in their 70’s and occasionally into the 80’s who have undergone facelifts, eyelifts, breast lift and tummy tuck surgeries successfully. Many men also consult with Dr. Parker for eye, face and neck lift surgeries.
“As a yoga instructor, I believe in exercise, but there are some issues that exercise can’t fix. Even though I was 79, I knew that a breast reduction surgery would help with my shoulder pain, that I would walk taller and it would increase my yoga abilities” – breast reduction New Jersey patient
Dr Paul M. Parker of the Parker Center for Plastic Surgery thoroughly evaluates all patients prior to any surgical procedure. All patients, regardless of age, need to be physically healthy, properly motivated and have a reasonable expectation for results.
Procedures are performed by Dr. Parker in our on-site, state of the art, fully-accredited ambulatory surgical center, Surgiplex, LLC. Patients tell us time and again that they have never received or seen the degree of pre-op education and post-op care that they receive at the Parker Center. Dr. Parker is a board certified plastic surgeon with over twenty years experience.
To learn more about any cosmetic surgical procedure visit our website www.parkercenter.net or call 201-967-1212 today for a consultation.