Elderly opting for cosmetic surgery

Elderly UK consumers are increasingly choosing to have cosmetic surgery, a leading private healthcare company has claimed.

According to Dr Sneh Khemka of Bupa, the most popular procedure among patients over the age of 60 is bletheroplasty, which is chosen by around 30 per cent of elderly patients.

"Bletheroplasty is a reduction of the saggy eyelids people get at the bottom of the eyes," Dr Khemka explained.

Around 28 per cent of patients opt for facelifts, while female breast reduction (eight per cent) and tummy tucks (six per cent) are also popular, the associate medical director revealed.

"The procedures that we're talking about are really purely for cosmetic purposes," he continued.

"Sometimes breast reduction surgery is done because, as you get old your spine can support less weight and it becomes problematic to be too top-heavy. But generally speaking we're talking about purely cosmetic procedures."

Dr Khemka added that a popular lower-cost option would be to have a non-surgical procedure, which also has the advantage of not requiring an anaesthetic.

"Going in for a treatment of Botox is not seen as such a big thing; we see it in the press and all over society these days - and the silver generation are not against it," he added.

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