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Women Over 50 Increasingly Seek Cosmetic Surgery

At home and abroad, the baby boomers are aging, and they are unwilling to concede their youthful looks to old age. In the United Kingdom, the number of women over the age of 50 choosing to have cosmetic surgery is increasing.
The reason for this is biological. Menopause is hard on the body, and many women who have been happy with their appearance for their young lives, find that the loss of skin elasticity that comes with age is something that want to and are able to change. The Harley Medical Group conducted a study in the UK that found a boom in the number of women over 50 who are seeking cosmetic surgery. In one year's time, the study found that the number of over 50 women booking cosmetic procedures (including dermal fillers, laser treatment, Botox, and skin peels) has increased by almost 70 percent.

Rajiv Grover, president elect of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), put the findings in context. ?It?s really a non-brainer that more women over 50 are opting for non-surgical treatments," he told the Daily Mail. ?The treatments are most effective for that age group and women of that age have greater disposable income that allows them to fund treatment. Also, the signs of ageing only really begin to be noticeable when you reach your fifties.?

The study found that large numbers of these women are selecting non-invasive ways to enhance their appearance, with non-surgical facelifts as a particular favorite. The Harley Medical Group could not be sure, but it is suspected that many of these women seek cosmetic surgery to combat the effects of menopause.

During menopause, levels of the reproductive hormone oestrogen drop off, which leads to decreased production of collagen and elastin in the skin and weakening of the color producing cells in the skin. This causes skin to lose moisture and plumpness, sag, and produce uneven pigmentation.

These symptoms of aging are often treated with skin peels or laser treatments, and in more intense cases, with surgical facelifts and fat injections. Of these, non-surgical options are preferred by most women, with dermal fillers, microdermabrasion, Botox, skin peels, and laser treatments as the most popular options. Botox paralyzes nerves, which prevents the patient from creating wrinkles in the treated area. Dermal fillers add plumpness to the skin, smoothing wrinkles and restoring the rounded appearance of youth. Chemical skin peels and microdermabrasion are designed to improve the lustre and texture of the skin. Laser treatments can be used for hair removal and for treating spider veins (varicose veins).

The Harley Medical Group's research also revealed a 54 percent rise in the number of people undergoing laser treatment for spider veins, and a 36 percent rise in the number of people undergoing laser hair removal.
Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are two different categories of appearance altering procedures. Cosmetic surgery focuses on enhancing a patient's appearance through surgical and medical techniques, but because the treated areas function properly beforehand and surgery is merely performed to improve aesthetic appeal, cosmetic surgery is elective. Plastic surgery focuses on reconstruction of facial and bodily defects caused by birth disorders, trauma, burns, and disease. Because plastic surgery is more function oriented, it is separate from cosmetic surgery, and health insurance companies are more likely to pay for such procedures.

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