Cosmetic Surgery For All Ages

| February 5, 2015 | 0 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post
55 year old female preparing for cosmetic surgery

55 year old female preparing for cosmetic surgery

In the common vernacular, we refer to it as getting some work done. But what is more commonly called cosmetic surgery is reaching new and higher ages for Americans who never thought it was possible and what a difference it is making. Years ago, people seeking cosmetic surgery would bring pictures of celebrities to their doctor — and ask for “Angelina Jolie’s lips,” “Kate Beckinsale’s nose” or “Kim Kardashian’s butt.”

But now people bring their selfies — filtered through Instagram. If you are interested in changing your appearance then make sure that you have done your research about the doctor who you are thinking of using. There are loads out there for you, for example you could easily check out this Dr. Little who is based in Louisville, KY to give you a better idea of what you should be looking for.

“This is a huge trend,” says Upper East Side New York surgeon Dr. Elie Levine. “People are bringing in pictures of themselves taken at a favorite angle or filtered, and saying they want to look like that.”

Since 2005, elective procedures for baby boomers and older is up 65% and non-invasive cosmetic surgery is up 87%. That translates to a population that is not only feeling better, but their personal perception of looking better too.

“You know my mom’s 80 years and she’s a great testament to this. She looks about 50 and I’ve done a ton of stuff on her. She’ll probably kill me for telling you she’s 80. She doesn’t look 80, she looks about 50.” That is Dr. Grant Stevens, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Marina Del Rey, California. He was letting down his hair down a little when he spoke to us while readying for a flight to a medical conference. His mom is part of the 55-plus Americans who opted for 3.4 million minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, according to a report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. One minimally invasive procedure being, microblading, you can discover more here if you wish.

The upswing can also be attributed to technology which has made it easier and expanded the choices and treatments “We can take care of the dynamic wrinkles,” explains Stevens. “There’s neuromodulators and of course the one that everybody knows about is Botox. Other things like laser hair removal and then all the wonderful things about skin tightening. We have so many technologies that allow us to lift and tighten the skin of our face and our neck.”

As he speaks, I begin thinking that my girlfriend’s New Year’s resolution. This year she turns 58 and hopes for a face lift of one form or another. Things like elevating some facial skin here or lifting some neck flab there. As a baby boomer she is still young and looks great, and I wonder at what point it’s too late for skin and bones to ascend to our wishes, but Dr. Stevens, says “Actually there’s no limit to it.”

Stevens voice raises in excitement as he talks about technologies that get rid of fat. It’s called Cryolipolysis, commonly known as Cool Sculpting. “And it’s so terrific, I had my first one in 2010 and my second one in 2011 and I’m standing here right now, looking at myself as I’m getting ready here to go to Dallas for a meeting and I don’t have any love handles anymore. I got to tell you, it’s a fantastic technology. I think it’s the most revolutionary technology I’ve seen in my entire career.”

After listening to Stevens and thinking about what my girlfriend, and her 2015 New Year hopes and dreams, I can see this is closer to reality. Except.

Combine her catering income and her work at French restaurant and she’s no rich “Real Housewives” of Atlanta, Miami or Orange County. She doesn’t have their money, their big credit card limit or other assets, if you know what I mean.

So before my conversation with Dr. Stevens ends, I tell him about my perception, that these cosmetic procedures are for the rich. He surprises me when he interrupts, “That couldn’t be further from the truth. That’s the misconception from the 60’s and 70’s era. We now have procedures available for the rest of us, not only the wealthy. Procedures that can help all of us look better at a nominal cost.” If this sounds like your 2015 resolution too, you can check out the prices online.

As I think about it, every person has their own threshold for what they want to spend to look great. And the nice thing apparently it’s not only for the wealthy, maybe my lovely girlfriend too.


Cosmetic Surgery For All Ages

By Andy Asher: Andy is an Emmy award winning broadcast journalist. He now thrives on focusing his skills, editing and curating content at



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