Thumbs up for defensive aging

Staying forever young is not just a state of mind for a growing number of people who have celebrated turning fifty years. It is also very much about signing up for the surgeon’s knife in the relentless hunt for a beautiful body – by both women and a growing number of men.

New figures from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) reveal a 12.2 percent increase in surgical procedures last year compared to 2006, with 32,453 women and men opting for cosmetic surgery. While facelifts for women rose 37 percent last year, more men than ever before were trying tummy tucks to reduce waistlines and breast reductions to get rid of ‘man boobs’.

The top five surgical procedures for men in 2007 were: rhinoplasty (716), liposuction (582), eyelid surgery (558), ear correction (418), and face/neck lift (230 – rise of 21%).
The top five surgical procedures for women in 2006 were: breast augmentation (6,487), eyelid surgery (5,148 – up 13% on last year), face/neck lift (4,238, an impressive rise of 37%), liposuction (3,990 – up 15%), and breast reduction (3,178).

With anti-aging surgery on eyelids and brows growing in popularity for both women and men, the aesthetic trend is pretty clear. According to experts, Britons will be spending almost one billion pounds this year on cosmetic surgery and non-surgical treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers.

According to Nigel Mercer, consultant plastic surgeon and BAAPS President-Elect: “When considering aesthetic surgery it is essential to be selective in choosing the right surgeon as the results of good surgery may be long lasting, but no procedure is without some risk. When performed under the right circumstances, aesthetic surgery can have a very positive psychological impact and improve quality of life.”

Rock on, folks, we only live once, after all.  Live long, live well, laugh a lot.