More seniors go under the knife

Jasmine Phu

September 9, 2011

As seniors continue to be more active as they age through eating right, exercising and taking the necessary steps to keep their brains functioning well, they also want to make sure their outside matches how good the feel on the inside.

According to a survey conducted by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, seniors are the highest growing number of patients within the plastic surgery industry.

"For a good number of these patients their chronological age is often much older than their body's physical age," Dr. Parker, a New Jersey plastic surgeon, said. "There's no doubt that many of these patients have taken care of themselves with diet and exercise and are troubled that their 'look' doesn't match up with how they feel."

Dr. Parker added that although it could improve a senior's self-esteem, patients over a certain age must be in good general health – screened for lung and heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure beforehand. They must also list their current medications to make sure they won't react badly with the anesthesia.

Seniors who undergo plastic surgery may want to install a medical alert system while they recover as a way to make sure they have the means to call for help should they fall with no one around.